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MALTATODAY 16 June 2024

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THE local council results have given the Labour Party an absolute major- ity nationwide but the party has lost ground in all electoral districts, a MaltaToday analysis shows. Local election results grouped by electoral district show the PL has lost votes in all 13 regions with Gozo flipping to the Nationalist Party. PAGES 10 - 11 KURT SANSONE YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2024 • ISSUE 1284 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY We are on the lookout for promising candidates who are ready to dream big and take the leap. M a k e t h e m o v e . JOIN JOIN TEAM TEAMFRANK FRANK Find out more at EU sees rise in Dengue cases and outbreaks of West Nile virus infections PAGE 4 30% less chlorides and chlorine between 2021 and 2023 PAGES 8 - 9 Arnold Cassola's new 'big tent' party for centre and progressive voters PAGES 12 - 13 The heat is on Tap water A third party? maltatoday JAMES DEBONO Council results give PN hope but it's still a long way to Castille Clientelism €1.95 Former MEP and PL Former MEP and PL leader Alfred Sant on leader Alfred Sant on competition between competition between ministers ministers INTERVIEW MT2 Planning Authority still assessing feedback on ODZ policy change four years on A government pledge to reform the policy regulating outside development zones is stuck in limbo with the Planning Authority still assessing feedback four years on. The ODZ policy was enacted in 2014 to regulate rural development but loopholes allowed countryside ruins to magically be turned into villas with pools. The applicant only had to prove that the existing building, or the re- mains, were habitable at some point. PAGES 2 - 3 The Qala countryside ruins once destined to be turned into a villa with pool on the strength of the controversial 2014 rural policy. The permit was first approved but applicant Joseph Portelli later withdrew the application. District analysis of local election results shows PL losing ground in all districts, PN registering increases everywhere and is now in command in Gozo Labour and Nationalist MPs, councillors and agents face off in the counting hall (Photo: Karl Azzopardi/MaltaToday)

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