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    Malta Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Malta
      conventional short form: Malta

      Data code MT

      Government type parliamentary democracy

      National capital Valletta

      Administrative divisions none (administered directly from Valletta)

      Independence 21 September 1964 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day, 21 September (1964)

      Constitution 1964 constitution substantially amended on 13 December 1974

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

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Ugo MIFSUD BONNICI (since 4 April 1994)
      head of government: Prime Minister Dr. Alfred SANT (since 28 October 1996); Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign and Environment Minister Dr. George VELLA (since 29 October 1996)
      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 NA April 1994 (next to be held by NA April 1999); following House of Representatives 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
      election results: Ugo MIFSUD BONNICI elected president; percent of House of Representatives vote - NA

      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; current total: 69 seats; members are elected by proportional representation to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 26 October 1996 (next to be held by October 2001)
      election results: percent of vote by party - MLP 50.7%, NP 46.5%; seats by party - NP 34, MLP 31 (MLP 35, NP 34 after adjustment)

      Judicial branch Constitutional Court, judges are appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister; Court of Appeal, judges are appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister

      Political parties and leaders Nationalist Party or NP [Edward FENECH ADAMI]; Malta Labor Party or MLP [Alfred SANT]

      International organization participation C, CCC, CE, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EU (applicant), FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Mark Anthony MICALLEF
      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 Kathryn Haycock PROFFITT
      embassy: 2nd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street, Floriana, Malta
      mailing address: P. O. Box 535, Valletta
      telephone: [356] 235960
      FAX: [356] 223322

      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 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malta Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malta Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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