|Maltese Government 2017–22|
22nd cabinet of Malta
|Date formed||9 June 2017|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state|| Marie Louise Coleiro Preca (2014–2019)|
George Vella (2019–present)
|Head of government|| Joseph Muscat (2017–2020)|
Robert Abela (2020–present)
|No. of ministers||17|
|Member party||Labour Party|
|Opposition party|| Nationalist Party (2017–present)|
Democratic Party (2017–19)
|Opposition leader|| Simon Busuttil (2017)|
Adrian Delia (2017–present)
|Election(s)||2017 general election|
|Predecessor||Maltese Government 2013–17|
The Maltese Government 2017–2022 is the current Government of Malta since 9 June 2017. Maltese government is elected through a General Election for a five-year term (projected dissolution for 2022). The Head of Government is Robert Abela. The Labour Party won a majority following a snap election which was held on 3 June 2017.
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|Portfolio||Minister||Political party||Assumed office||Left office|
|Prime Minister||Joseph Muscat||Labour||11 March 2013||13 January 2020|
|Deputy Prime Minister||Chris Fearne||Labour||13 July 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for the Economy, Investment, and Small Business||Christian Cardona||Labour||11 March 2013||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Education and Employment||Evarist Bartolo||Labour||11 March 2013||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Health||Chris Fearne||Labour||28 April 2016||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Environment, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change||Jose Herrera||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Family and Children's Rights||Michael Falzon||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Finance||Edward Scicluna||Labour||13 March 2013||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Promotion||Carmelo Abela||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Gozo||Justyne Caruana||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Home Affairs and National Security||Michael Farrugia||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Justice, Culture, and Local Government||Owen Bonnici||Labour||29 March 2014||13 January 2020|
|Minister for European Affairs and Equality||Helena Dalli||Labour||9 June 2017||25 July 2019|
|Edward Zammit Lewis||Labour||25 July 2019||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Tourism||Konrad Mizzi||Labour||9 June 2017||26 November 2019|
|Minister for Energy and Water Management||Joe Mizzi||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects||Ian Borg||Labour||9 June 2017||13 January 2020|
|Portfolio||Minister||Political party||Assumed office||Left office|
|Prime Minister||Robert Abela||Labour||13 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health||Chris Fearne||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business||Silvio Schembri||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Education and Employment||Owen Bonnici||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning||Aaron Farrugia||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for the Family, Children's Rights and Social Solidarity||Michael Falzon||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Finance and Financial Services||Edward Scicluna||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for European & Foreign Affairs||Evarist Bartolo||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Gozo||Justyne Caruana||Labour||15 January 2020||20 January 2020|
|Clint Camilleri||Labour||20 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Home Affairs, Law Enforcement and National Security||Byron Camilleri||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Justice, Equality and Governance||Edward Zammit Lewis||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Tourism & Consumer Protection||Julia Farrugia Portelli||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Energy and Water Management||Michael Farrugia||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects||Ian Borg||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government||Jose Herrera||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Social Accommodation||Roderick Galdes||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal Rights||Clint Camilleri||Labour||15 January 2020||20 January 2020|
|Anton Refalo||Labour||21 January 2020||Incumbent|
|Minister within OPM |
(Sustainable Development, Social Dialogue and the Electoral Manifesto's Implemenation)
|Carmelo Abela||Labour||15 January 2020||Incumbent|
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