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|Minister for Education & Employment|
15 January 2020
|Prime Minister||Robert Abela|
|Preceded by||Evarist Bartolo|
|Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government|
13 March 2013 –13 January 2020
|Prime Minister||Joseph Muscat|
|Preceded by||Chris Said|
Responsible for Justice
|Succeeded by||Edward Zammit Lewis |
Responsible for Justice, Equality & Governance
|Member of Parliament|
10 May 2008
|Born||24 May 1980|
|Political party||Partit Laburista|
Owen Bonnici (born 24 May 1980) is a Maltese politician who is currently Minister for Education & Employment since 15 January 2020.
Following the March 2013 General Elections, he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.After a cabinet reshuffle he was made Minister of Justice, Culture and Local Government in March 2014.
Bonnici was first elected to Parliament in 2008 from the third electoral district, which is made up of the residents of the towns of Fgura, Marsascala and Zejtun. After serving as Opposition Spokesperson for Youth and Culture and subsequently for Higher Education, University, Research and Culture, he was handsomely elected in the 2013 elections. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat appointed him Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Justice and then Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government.
Prior to his election to Parliament he served on the Local Council of Marsascala for five years, first as a Councillor and then as Deputy Mayor, and as an elected member of the Labour Executive Council (2004-2008).
Bonnici was responsible for a number of initiatives undertaken during the legislature, including the Whistleblowers' Act, Justice Reform and the Individual Investors' Program.
On 30 January, 2020, the Constitutional Court of Malta ruledthat Minister of Justice Bonnici had breached the human rights of protesters for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia by repeatedly and vexatiously ordering the clearing of the makeshift memorial at the foot of the Great Siege Monument throughout 2018 and 2019. In its ruling finding that Bonnici breached blogger and activist Emmanuel Delia and others' freedom of expression repeatedly for over 500 times, the Constitutional Court held that Bonnici's orders amounted to a "systematic" censorship that led to an "absurd" and "divisive" situation. Bonnici's acts were previously condemned by, amongst others, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the OSCE.
The Court ordered damages for the plaintiff.
Calls for his resignation are ongoing.
Simon Busuttil, is a Maltese politician who was Leader of the Opposition within the Maltese Parliament. He also served as a Leader of the Leader of the Nationalist Party and a Member of the European Parliament for the Malta constituency.
Joseph Muscat, is a Maltese politician who served as Prime Minister of Malta from 2013 to 2020, and Leader of the Partit Laburista (PL) from June 2008 to January 2020. Muscat was re-elected as prime minister in the elections of 3 June 2017. Previously he was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 to 2008. He was Leader of the Opposition from October 2008 to March 2013. Muscat identifies as a progressive and liberal politician, with pro-business leanings, and has been associated with both economically liberal and socially liberal policies.
St Aloysius College (SAC) is a Catholic college run by the Jesuits in Birkirkara, Malta. It was founded in 1907 to complement the seminaries and tertiary institutions already in existence on the island. Today it is a boys' primary and secondary school with a coeducational sixth form. The College compound also houses a parish church which is used by the school and opened to the public.
Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, is a Maltese politician and was the fifth President of Malta from 4 April 1994 until the same day in 1999.
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Dr. Franco Debono is a criminal trial lawyer, former Nationalist member of Parliament and haiku writer. He contested the 1998 general election on the Nationalist Party ticket, then a University Law student and polled 467 votes. In 1999 he graduated as a lawyer from the University of Malta and got his warrant to practice as a lawyer before the Maltese Superior and Inferior Courts on the 9th March 2000. He set up his private practice in Zurrieq a village in the fifth district, his electoral constituency. From the very start he specialised in criminal law.In 2003 he contested the general election with the Nationalist Party again and polled 1132 votes. From 2008 until 2013 Debono served one term as Member of Parliament for the Nationalist Party. Debono is the former Commissioner of Laws of Malta, appointed by the Labour-led administration of Joseph Muscat on 24 March 2013.
Christian Cardona is a Maltese politician and lawyer. He is a Member of Parliament for the Maltese Labour Party and was elected Deputy Leader for Party Affairs in 2016. He served as Malta's Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business between 2013 and 2020.
Keith Schembri is a Maltese politician and the former Chief of Staff to former Prime minister Joseph Muscat from 11 March 2013 to 26 November 2019. Schembri resigned in relation to the murder investigation of Daphne Caruana Galizia and in course of the political crises in Malta. The crisis also led to unprecedented protests in Malta, which called for Schembri's resignation.
Events in the year 2017 in Malta.
Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese journalist, writer, and anti-corruption activist, who reported on political events in Malta. In particular, she focused on investigative journalism, reporting on government corruption, nepotism, patronage, allegations of money laundering, links between Malta's online gambling industry and organized crime, Malta's citizenship-by-investment scheme, and payments from the government of Azerbaijan. Caruana Galizia's national and international reputation was built on her regular reporting of misconduct by Maltese politicians and politically exposed persons.
Adrian Delia, is a Maltese politician, and lawyer by profession. He is the leader of the Nationalist Party since September 2017 and Leader of the Opposition since October 2017.
The Great Siege Monument, also known as the Monument to the Fallen of the Great Siege, is a monument commemorating the Great Siege of Malta located in Valletta, Malta. It consists of three bronze figures symbolizing Faith, Fortitude, and Civilization, standing on top of a granite base. The monument is the work of the sculptor Antonio Sciortino, and it was inaugurated on 8 May 1927.
Chris Said is a Nationalist Party politician from Malta.
Justyne Caruana, is a Maltese lawyer and politician, and former Minister for Gozo. She was appointed on 9 June 2017 in the second cabinet of Joseph Muscat and reconfirmed by Robert Abela before resigning one week later on 20 January 2020.
Events in the year 2019 in Malta.
Lorraine Schembri Orland is a Maltese Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.
Yorgen Fenech is a Maltese businessman whose main interests are casinos and hotels in Malta. He was head of the Tumas Group and director of the Maltese-Azerbaijan-German company Electrogas.
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Robert Abela is a Maltese lawyer and politician, currently serving as the 14th prime minister of Malta. A Member of Parliament since 2017, he replaced Joseph Muscat as Leader of the Labour Party following the party's internal leadership election held on 11 January 2020, and was instated as prime minister on 13 January. Abela is the son of George Abela, the eighth president of Malta.