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President of Malta
President ta' Malta
Flag of the President of Malta.svg
Presidential Standard
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Incumbent
Marie Louise Coleiro Preca

since 4 April 2014
Style His/Her Excellency
Residence San Anton Palace
Appointer House of Representatives
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Anthony Mamo
Formation 13 December 1974
Website http://www.president.gov.mt
Coat of arms of Malta.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Malta
Foreign relations

The President of Malta (Maltese: President ta' Malta) is the constitutional head of state of Malta. The President is appointed by a resolution of the House of Representatives of Malta for a five-year term, taking an oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution.[1] The President of Malta also resides directly or indirectly in all three branches of the state. They are part of Parliament and responsible for the appointment of the judiciary. Executive authority is nominally vested in the President, but is in practice exercised by the Prime Minister.[2]

Establishment of Office[edit]

The office of the President of Malta (Maltese: President ta' Malta), came into being on 13 December 1974, when Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II ceased to be head of state, Queen of Malta (Maltese: Reġina ta' Malta), and the last Governor-General, Sir Anthony Mamo, became the first President of Malta.

Qualifications[edit]

A person shall not be qualified to be appointed President if:

  • They are not a citizen of Malta;
  • They hold or have held the office of Chief Justice or other Judge of the Superior Courts;
  • They are not eligible for appointment to or to act in any public office in accordance with articles 109, 118 and 120 of the Constitution.

Assumption of Office[edit]

Before assuming office the nominee must take the oath of office before the House of Representatives of Malta.

The oath reads: I, (name of nominee), solemnly swear/affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of President (perform the functions of the President) of Malta, and will, to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Malta. (So help me God).

Temporary vacancy[edit]

Whenever the office of President is temporarily vacant; until a new President is appointed; and whenever the holder of the office is absent from Malta, on vacation, or is for any reason unable to perform the functions conferred upon them by the Constitution, those functions are performed by an individual appointed by the Prime Minister, after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, or by the Chief Justice.

Role of the president[edit]

Among the powers of the president:

  • The president promulgates laws.
  • The president may dissolve the House of Representatives of Malta acting on the request of the Prime Minister of Malta or following the passage of a no confidence motion in the Government.
  • The president names the Prime Minister with the President making his or her decision based on the situation within the Maltese parliament.
  • The president names most members of constitutional bodies (with the assent of the Prime Minister of Malta).
  • The president receives foreign ambassadors.
  • The president may grant a pardon (but not an amnesty) to convicted criminals; the president can also lessen or suppress criminal sentences, acting on the advice of Cabinet or the Minister delegated by Cabinet with such responsibility.
  • The president is ex officio Chairman of the Commission for the Administration of Justice of Malta.
  • The President is ex officio Head of the Maltese Honours.
  • The President is ex officio Chairman of the Malta Community Chest Fund, a charitable non-governmental institution aimed to help philanthropic institutions and individuals. The President’s spouse is the Deputy Chairperson.
  • The President authorises recognition in Malta of honours, awards and decorations. No title of nobility, honour, award, decoration, membership or office may be used in Malta unless it is authorised by the President. The names of those persons so authorized are published in the Government Gazette.

The Role of the President is detailed in a publication (in the Maltese language) called Il-Manwal tal-President tar-Repubblika written by former President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici.

Official residences[edit]

The official office of the president is the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta. Other presidential residences include:

President's flag[edit]

The President of Malta used the national flag as their presidential standard prior to 12 December 1998, when a proclamation established the Presidential Flag of Malta. The flag is flown on the President's official residences and offices and on all occasions at which they are present.[3]

Termination of appointment[edit]

The office of President shall become vacant:

  • On the expiration of five years from the date of the appointment to that office;
  • If the holder of the office is removed from office by Resolution of the House of Representatives of Malta on the ground of inability to perform the functions of their office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any other cause) or misbehaviour.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article 50 and the Second Schedule of the Constitution of Malta
  2. ^ Articles 51, 96 and 78 of the Constitution of Malta
  3. ^ "Flags, Symbols, and their uses". About Malta. Government of Malta. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

External links[edit]


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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:12:27 -0700

In an announcement this afternoon, Kensington Palace revealed that the Duchess will fly out to Malta on Saturday September 20 and travel straight to the stunning San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta, which will be her ...
 
Times of Malta
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 08:26:11 -0700

The Sunday Times of Malta will tomorrow be publishing letters sent by a young Agatha Barbara to a Royal Navy officer in the 1940s that were recently discovered by his 74-year-old sister who lives in the UK. The woman found the letters, written by the ...

Malta Independent Online

Malta Independent Online
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:15:00 -0700

This morning, the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Mr Preca, visited the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where they were welcomed by the Rector of the University, Rik Torfs. Mr Ray Azzopardi, Ambassador for Malta to the ...
 
Times of Malta
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0700

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:33:45 -0700

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:22:30 -0700

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Sat, 09 Aug 2014 03:25:39 -0700

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:52:30 -0700

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