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Malta


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Malta

        conventional short form:
        Malta

    • Digraph:
      MT

    • Type:
      parliamentary democracy

    • Capital:
      Valletta

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (administration 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 and Foreign Minister Dr. Edward (Eddie) FENECH ADAMI (since 12 May 1987); Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Guido DE MARCO (since 14 May 1987)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the president on advice of the prime minister

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        House of Representatives:
        elections last held 22 February 1992 (next to be held by February 1997); results - NP 51.8%, MLP 46.5%; seats - (usually 65 total) MLP 36, NP 29; note - additional seats are given to the party with the largest popular vote to ensure a legislative majority; current total: 69 (MLP 33, NP 36 after adjustment)

    • Judicial branch:
      Constitutional Court, Court of Appeal

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Nationalist Party (NP), Edward FENECH ADAMI; Malta Labor Party (MLP), Alfred SANT

    • Member of:
      C, CCC, CE, EBRD, ECE, FAO, G-77, GATT, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), INTERPOL, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Albert Borg Olivier DE PUGET

        chancery:
        2017 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 462-3611, 3612

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 387-5470

        consulate(s):
        New York

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Joseph R. PAOLINO, Jr.

        embassy:
        2nd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street, Floriana, Malta

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box 535, Valletta

        telephone:
        [356] 235960

        FAX:
        [356] 243229

    • Flag:
      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






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