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    Malta Government - 2005

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Malta
      conventional short form: Malta
      local long form: Repubblika ta' Malta
      local short form: Malta

      Government type:


      Administrative divisions:
      none (administered directly from Valletta); note - Local Councils carry out administrative orders

      21 September 1964 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 21 September (1964)

      1964 constitution, amended many times

      Legal system:
      based on English common law and Roman civil law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Eddie FENECH ADAMI (since 4 April 2004)
      head of government: Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 23 March 2004)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister
      elections: president elected by the House of Representatives for a five-year term; election last held 29 March 2004 (next to be held by April 2009); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the president for a five-year term; the deputy prime minister is appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister
      election results: Eddie FENECH ADAMI elected president; percent of House of Representatives vote - 33 out of 65 votes

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral House of Representatives (usually 65 seats; note - additional seats are given to the party with the largest popular vote to ensure a legislative majority; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 12 April 2003 (next to be held by April 2008)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PN 51.7%, MLP 47.6%, AD 0.7%; seats by party - PN 34, MLP 31

      Judicial branch:
      Constitutional Court; Court of Appeal; judges for both courts are appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister

      Political parties and leaders:
      Alternativa Demokratika/Alliance for Social Justice or AD [Harry VASSALLO]; Malta Labor Party or MLP [Alfred SANT]; Nationalist Party or PN [Lawrence GONZI]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      Australia Group, C, CE, EBRD, EIB, EU (new member), FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MIGA, NAM, NSG, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WEU (observer affiliate), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador John LOWELL
      chancery: 2017 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 462-3611, 3612
      FAX: [1] (202) 387-5470
      consulate(s): New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires William GRANT
      embassy: 3rd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street, Floriana, Malta VLT 01
      mailing address: P. O. Box 535, Valletta, Malta, CMR01
      telephone: [356] 2561 4000
      FAX: [356] 21 243229

      Flag description:
      two equal vertical bands of white (hoist side) and red; in the upper hoist-side corner is a representation of the George Cross, edged in red

      NOTE: The information regarding Malta on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malta Government 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malta Government 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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