Eddie Fenech Adami

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Edward Fenech Adami
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7th President of Malta
In office
4 April 2004 – 4 April 2009
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi
Preceded by Guido de Marco
Succeeded by George Abela
10th Prime Minister of Malta
In office
6 September 1998 – 23 March 2004
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Guido de Marco
Preceded by Alfred Sant
Succeeded by Lawrence Gonzi
In office
12 May 1987 – 28 October 1996
President Paul Xuereb
Ċensu Tabone
Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Preceded by Carmelo Bonnici
Succeeded by Alfred Sant
Personal details
Born (1934-02-07) 7 February 1934 (age 80)
Birkirkara, Malta
Political party Nationalist Party
Spouse(s) Mary Fenech Adami
Children 5
Religion Roman Catholicism

Edward “Eddie” Fenech Adami (born 7 February 1934) is a Maltese politician who was Prime Minister of Malta from 1987 until 1996 and again from 1998 until 2004. Subsequently he was the seventh President of Malta from 2004 to 2009.

Education and professional career[edit]

Born in Birkirkara, Fenech Adami was educated at St Aloysius' College in Birkirkara and at the University of Malta, where he first studied economics and then classics and later law. He was called to the bar in 1959.

Political career[edit]

Secretary General and MP[edit]

Fenech Adami joined the Nationalist Party becoming its Secretary General and editor of its paper Il-Poplu (English: The People). He became an MP in 1969 through a co-option instead of an MP who died and who was elected in a casual election.[citation needed]

Leader of the Nationalist Party[edit]

Fenech Adami was elected leader designate in 1977 and took the lead of the Party from Giorgio Borg Olivier in 1978. In 1979 his family and family home were targeted by a mob in a series of violent incidents which came to be known as "Black Monday". He served as Leader of the Opposition until his party was voted in office in 1987. At the controversial 1981 elections he was very narrowly defeated by the incumbent Prime Minister Dom Mintoff; Fenech Adami did better than Mintoff in terms of the popular vote, but this did not translate into an actual majority of parliamentary seats.[citation needed]

Between 1987 and 1996, Fenech Adami as Prime Minister ushered a major period of change for Malta. The country's physical infrastructure was completely overhauled as were the legal and business structures. Trade was liberalized, whilst telecommunications, banking and financial services were deregulated or privatised. Malta also applied to join the European Economic Community on 16 July 1990.[1] Dr Fenech Adami was reconfirmed Prime Minister in the February 1992 elections.

Between 1996 and 1998 Fenech Adami served as Leader of the Opposition until his Party was returned to office in September 1998. Malta's European Union application, which was put on hold by the previous Labour government, was reactivated and negotiations concluded by December 2002. This was confirmed by a referendum in March 2003 and general election held in April 2003 which confirmed the Nationalist Party in government and Fenech Adami as Prime Minister.[1] Fenech Adami resigned from Prime Minister on 23 March 2004, thus becoming the longest serving Prime Minister since Independence in 1964.

On 16 April 2003, Fenech Adami signed Malta's Accession Treaty with the European Union. In December 2003, he received the European of the Year 2003 Award from the influential Brussels-based newspaper European Voice in recognition of his unfaltering efforts to bring Malta into the European Union.[2]

President of Malta[edit]

Following his resignation as Prime Minister, Fenech Adami was appointed President of Malta on 4 April 2004. He served a five-year term, leaving office on 4 April 2009, when he was succeeded by George Abela.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

His wife Mary died in 2011. The couple had five children: John, Beppe (presently a Nationalist MP), Michael (presently a Nationalist Local Councilor for Birkirkara), Maria and Luigi.[1]


Eddie Fenech Adami is an Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.[3]


National Honours[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d . "Official Website of the President of Malta". Government of Malta. 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Foreword to EU Studies Guide 2004 Eddie Fenech Adami, Maltese Prime Minister". European Voice. 2004. Archived from the original on 18 November 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2006. 
  3. ^ http://www.raoulwallenberg.net/en/about/members/honorary-members/
Political offices
Preceded by
Carmelo Bonnici
Prime Minister of Malta
Succeeded by
Alfred Sant
Preceded by
Alfred Sant
Prime Minister of Malta
Succeeded by
Lawrence Gonzi
Preceded by
Guido de Marco
President of Malta
Succeeded by
George Abela
Party political offices
Preceded by
Giorgio Borg Olivier
Leader of the Nationalist Party of Malta
Succeeded by
Lawrence Gonzi
Preceded by
Censu Tabone
President of the Nationalist Party of Malta
Succeeded by
Ugo Mifsud Bonnici