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Marie-Lousie Coleiro Preca sworn-in as President of Malta

Apr 5, 2014 11:19 IST

Marie-Lousie Coleiro Preca was sworn-in as the President of Malta on 4 April 2014 in Valletta, Malta.  She was named as President after being suggested by the Prime Minister,Joseph Muscat and approved by Parliament. Coleiro replaced George Abela from Labour Party whose term completed on 4 April 2014.

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She is the ninth President of the Malta and second female President in the European Union (EU) Country.
Coleiro, 55, is the youngest-ever President of Malta and will hold office for five years. Coleiro belongs to Labour Party and has served as minister for social policy.

With her appointment, the total number of female heads of a country in the world now stands at  21.

About Malta
• Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea with smallest capital Valletta in EU.
• Malta got its independence in 1964 from the United Kingdom. Malta is a republic with parliamentary system and public administration is closely modeled on the Westminster system.
• Malta's president who have no executive powers and acts as figureheads or nominal head, serve for five years and cannot be re-appointed.
• In 2014, Malta will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary of becoming a republic.

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