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Parliament of Malta

Parliament of Malta
Parlament ta' Malta
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Houses House of Representatives
Leadership
Structure
Seats 69
Maltaparliament.svg
Political groups

Government

     Labour Party (39)

Opposition

     Nationalist Party (30)
Elections
Single transferable vote
Last election
9 March 2013
Next election
2018 or earlier
Meeting place
Valletta, Großmeisterpalast, Merchantsstreet.JPG
Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta
Website
http://www.parlament.mt/
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Malta
Foreign relations

The Parliament of Malta is the constitutional legislative body in Malta, located in Valletta. The parliament is unicameral, with a democratically elected House of Representatives and the President of Malta. By Constitutional law, all government ministers, including the Prime Minister, must be members of the House of Representatives.

Between 1921 and 1933 the Parliament was bicameral, consisting of a Senate as well as a Legislative Assembly.

House of Representatives of Malta

The House of Representatives (rendered as Kamra tad-Deputati in Maltese) is the unicameral legislature of Malta and a component of the Parliament of Malta. The House is presided over by the Speaker of the House. The President of Malta is appointed for a five-year term by a resolution of the House.

Composition

The House is composed of an odd number of members elected for one legislative term of five years. Ordinarily, five members are returned from each of thirteen electoral districts through single transferable vote but additional members are elected in cases of disproportionality (where party with an absolute majority of votes fails an absolute majority of seats and where only candidates from two parties are elected).

Meeting place

The new parliament house under construction, 2014

The Kamra tad-Deputati is currently housed in the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta.

In 2010, works commenced to build a new Parliamentary building. The government's original proposal had been to build Parliament on the site of the former opera house in Valletta. This was shelved after the footprint was deemed too small and instead the new Parliament building will be built in Freedom Square. The building was designed by Renzo Piano and was expected to be completed not later than 2013, although as of 2014 it is still under construction.[1]

Committees

The Standing Orders of the House provide for the creation of eight Parliamentary Standing Committees to make parliamentary work more efficient and enhance Parliament's scrutiny functions. The Standing Committees are:

  • Standing Committee on House Business
  • Standing Committee on Privileges
  • Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs
  • Standing Committee on Social Affairs
  • Standing Committee on Consideration of Bills
  • Standing Committee on Family Affairs
  • Standing Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs

Other Standing Committees constituted by other statutes include:

  • Standing Committee on Environment and Development Planning
  • National Audit Office Accounts Committee

There are also select committees and non-official committees.

Latest elections

 Summary of the 9 March 2013 House of Representatives of Malta election results
Parties Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Labour Party 167,533 54.83 +6.04 39 +5
Nationalist Party 132,426 43.34 –6.00 30 –5
Democratic Alternative 5,506 1.80 +0.49 0 0
Ajkla Party 47 0.02 New 0 New
Liberal Alliance 12 0.00 New 0 New
Independents 32 0.01 +0.00 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 4,044
Total 309,600 100.0 69 0
Registered voters/turnout 330,072 93.8
Source: Government of Malta, Parliament of Malta

Members

References

  1. ^ Herman Grech, Ariadne Massa (2009-06-27). "City by a gentleman". timesofmalta.com. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 

External links

  • Official website
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