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The Honourable
 Lawrence Gonzi MP


Incumbent
Assumed office 
23 March 2004
President Guido de Marco
Eddie Fenech Adami
George Abela
Deputy Tonio Borg
Preceded by Eddie Fenech Adami

Born 1 July 1953 (1953-07-01) (age 56)
Pietà, Malta
Political party Nationalist Party
European People's Party
Spouse(s) Catherine née Callus
Children David
Mikela
Paul
Religion Roman Catholic
Signature

Lawrence Gonzi (born 1 July 1953) is the incumbent Prime Minister of Malta and leader of the Nationalist Party (Maltese: Partit Nazzjonalista).[1]

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Political life

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Speaker and Member of Parliament

In 1987 Lawrence Gonzi contested the general elections unsuccessfully with the Nationalist Party. He was appointed Speaker of the House in 1988 and, in 1992, he was reappointed to the post with a unanimous vote. Gonzi contested the general elections again in 1996 and this time he was successful. As an opposition MP he served as Shadow Minister for social policy, secretary of the Nationalist parliamentary group, party whip and later general secretary of the party.

In 1998 he was returned and appointed Minister for Social Policy. In May 1999 he successfully contested the post of Deputy Leader of the party and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House. Following another Nationalist victory at the polls in 2003, Lawrence Gonzi was reconfirmed as Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House.

Prime Minister

Following the resignation of Eddie Fenech Adami as party leader, Gonzi won the leadership contest held in March 2004. He was appointed Prime Minister shortly after Adami stepped down to give way for his succession. From 2004 onwards, Gonzi took under his responsibility the finance portfolio as Minister of Finance. As Minister of Finance, he successfully managed the process to achieve the Maastricht criteria, propelling Malta into the Eurozone.

Following the general election held on 8 March 2008, Gonzi was reconfirmed as Prime Minister. He relinquished his post as Minister of Finance but assumed responsibility for the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), in particular its reform. He was reelected Nationalist Party leader at the general council meeting on 4 May 2008.

Family

Lawrence Gonzi is the son of Luigi Gonzi and Ines Galea and grandnephew of Monsignor Sir Michael Gonzi, the former Archbishop of Malta. His younger brother is Michael Gonzi, a Nationalist backbencher.

Gonzi is married to Catherine née Callus, and they have three children: David, Mikela and Paul.

References

  1. ^ "Office of the Prime Minister". http://www.gov.mt/frame.asp?l=2&url=http://www.opm.gov.mt/. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Eddie Fenech Adami
Prime Minister of Malta
2004–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Guido de Marco
Deputy Prime Minister of Malta
1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Tonio Borg
Preceded by
John Dalli
Finance Minister of Malta
2004 – 2008
Succeeded by
Tonio Fenech
Party political offices
Preceded by
Eddie Fenech Adami
Leader of the Nationalist Party of Malta
2004–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Guido de Marco
Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Party of Malta
1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Tonio Borg
Preceded by
Austin Gatt
General Secretary of the Nationalist Party of Malta
1998 – 1999
Succeeded by
Joe Saliba
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Olusegun Obasanjo
Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Yoweri Museveni

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