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    Malta Government - 2002

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

      Government type republic

      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; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Guido DE MARCO (since 4 April 1999)
      head of government: Prime Minister Eddie FENECH ADAMI (since 6 September 1998); Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 4 April 1999)
      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 1999 (next to be held by April 2004); 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: Guido DE MARCO elected president; percent of House of Representatives vote - 54%

      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 5 September 1998 (next to be held by September 2003)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PN 51.8%, MLP 46.9%, AD 1.2%; seats by party - PN 35, MLP 30

      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 [Edward FENECH ADAMI]

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

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

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

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Anthony H. GIOIA
      embassy: 3rd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street, Floriana, Malta VLT 01
      mailing address: P. O. Box 535, Valletta, Malta, CMR 01
      telephone: [356] 235960 through 235965
      FAX: [356] 243229

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

      NOTE: The information regarding Malta on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malta Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malta Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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