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Marie Louise Coleiro Preca

Her Excellency
Marie Louise Coleiro Preca
9th President of Malta
Assumed office
4 April 2014
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by George Abela
Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity
In office
11 March 2013 – 29 March 2014
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by Chris Said (Justice, Public Dialogue, and Family)
Succeeded by Michael Farrugia
Personal details
Born (1958-12-07) 7 December 1958
Hal Qormi, Malta
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Edgar Preca[1]
Children 1
Residence San Anton Palace
Alma mater University of Malta
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Government website

Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, KUOM (born 7 December 1958) is a Maltese politician who is the 9th President of Malta since 4 April 2014. She was a former member of the Labour Party, during which she was a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives of Malta since 1998,[2] and served as the Minister of the Family and Social Solidarity from 11 March 2013 to 29 March 2014.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Presidency 2
  • Honours 3
    • Honorary Degrees 3.1
    • National Honours 3.2
  • References 4

Early life and career

Born at Qormi, Coleiro Preca studied at the University of Malta where she graduated BA in Legal and Humanistic Studies (International Studies) and Diploma Notary Public.[3]

Within the Malta Labour Party, Coleiro Preca has served as a member of the National Executive, Assistant General Secretary and General Secretary of the Party (1982-1991). She was the only woman to have served in such a senior post of a Maltese political party. In addition to these posts Coleiro Preca also held the post of member of the National Bureau of Socialist Youths (now the Labour Youth Forum), President of the Women Section of the Party (1996-2001), founder member of the Ġużé Ellul Mercer Foundation and publisher of the Party's weekly newspaper 'Il-Ħelsien' (now defunct).[4]

She has served as MP in the Maltese Parliament from 1998 to 2014. In the 2008 general election she was the first elected MP. As an Opposition MP Coleiro Preca served as Shadow Minister for Social Policy and as member of the Parliamentary Permanent Committee for Social Affairs beginning in 1998.[5]

After Alfred Sant resigned as Leader of the Labour Party in 2008, Coleiro Preca unsuccessfully contested the Leadership election.[6]


On 1 March 2014, Coleiro Preca accepted the nomination for President. Succeeding

Political offices
Preceded by
George Abela
President of Malta
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National Honours

Honorary Degrees


In 2014 Coleiro Preca announced the formation of The President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. The Foundation is a non-profit entity advising the President of Malta on initiatives to help improve social inclusion and standards of living and is headed by Dr. Ruth Farrugia.[9]

[8].Agatha Barbara Coleiro Preca is the youngest person to assume the office of President, sworn in at the age of 55, and is the second woman to hold the post after [7]

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