Joseph Muscat Profile
Joseph Muscat, 39, became leader of the Labour Party in June 2008, succeeding Alfred Sant.
At the time he was a Member of the European Parliament after successfully contesting the first European Parliament election in Malta in 2004. Dr Muscat resigned from MEP and was sworn in as Opposition leader in October 2008 when he was co-opted to Parliament after Joseph Cuschieri gave up his seat.
Born on January 22, 1974 he is an only child. Dr Muscat was educated at St Aloysius College and graduated in commerce and public policy from the University of Malta in 1996.
He obtained a doctorate in management research in 2007. He worked as a journalist with the Labour Party’s media arm and was the first editor of the news website maltastar.com.
Dr Muscat was active in the youth wing of the party and in 2003 was nominated to a working group led by George Vella and Evarist Bartolo to update the party’s policy on the EU.
The working group was instrumental in changing the party’s anti-EU stand in the wake of a heavy electoral defeat some months before.
Dr Muscat was the most successful Labour candidate in the EP election held in 2004 and during his four-year term as an MEP, held the post of vice-president of the parliament’s committee on economic and monetary affairs.
He lives in Burmarrad and is married to Michelle née Tanti. They have young twin daughters.