Malta: Political structure

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Economist Intelligence Unit
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Politics, Summary, Political structure
Political Geography
Malta

Official name

Republic of Malta

Form of state

Parliamentary republic

Legislature

Unicameral House of Representatives of 67 members directly elected on a single transferable vote system of proportional representation. The constitution provides for the allocation of extra seats in the event that one party receives a majority of the popular vote, but only a minority of seats in the House of Representatives

National elections

Last general election on June 3rd 2017; next election is due in 2022

Head of state

President, elected by the House of Representatives for a five-year term; currently George Vella, who was elected by parliament in April 2019

Executive

Cabinet, headed by the prime minister, responsible to parliament. There is currently a majority Labour Party (PL) government

Main political parties

Labour Party (PL); Nationalist Party (PN); Democratic Party (PD)

Key ministers

Prime minister: Robert Abela

Deputy prime minister & minister of health: Chris Fearne

Agriculture, fisheries & animal rights: Anton Refalo

Economy, investment & small business: Silvio Schembri

Education & employment: Justyne Caruana

Energy & water management: Miriam Dalli

Environment & climate change: Aaron Farrugia

European & foreign affairs: Evarist Bartolo

Family & social solidarity: Michael Falzon

Finance: Clyde Caruana

Gozo: Clint Camilleri

Home affairs & national security: Michael Farrugia

Justice, equality& governance: Edward Zammit Lewis

National heritage, arts & local government: Jose Herrera

Tourism & consumer protection: Clayton Bartolo

Transport & infrastructure: Ian Borg

Central bank governor

Edward Scicluna

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