The following are the initial reactions after backbencher Franco Debono voted with the Opposition, leading to the rejection of the Budget and precipitating the collapse of the government.

Opposition leader Joseph Muscat said "GonziPN has shown it is the agent of division and fear. We will be the agents of unity and change".

Minister Austin Gatt said "Franco is history".

Jesmond Mugliett said the outcome was inevitable.

Labour carcades are seen in Birkirkara, Paola and near the PL headquarters.

Alternattiva Demokratika said a general election would reduce uncertainty.

Independent MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando told PBS he hoped a general election would be called as soon as possible.

Labour MP Luciano Busuttil said the GonziPN era had ended here.

Dr Debono left Valletta escorted by a police CID car.

Dr Gonzi, with a smile on his face, was greeted with applause by a crowd at the edge of St George's Square. He greeted the crowd and shook hands with some of the people.


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