Carmelo Abela

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The Honourable
Carmelo Abela
MP
Carmelo Abela at 2016 Prague Process press conference.jpg
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by George Vella
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security
In office
9 December 2014 – 9 June 2017
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by Emmanuel Mallia
Succeeded by Michael Farrugia
Personal details
Born (1972-02-10) 10 February 1972 (age 46)
Malta
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Melanie Bugeja
Children 2

Carmelo Abela (born 10 February 1972) is a Maltese politician and is serving as an incumbent Labour MP and was the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. He also served as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta.[1] On June 8, 2017, he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.[2]

Biography[edit]

Carmelo Abela was born on 10 February 1972 in Malta.[1]

He won his first general election in 1996, when he was named to the 8th Parliament of Malta.[1] He has since won all the following parliamentary elections, in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013. He was elected Deputy Speaker of the Tenth Parliament on March 6, 2003, and re-appointed on October 5, 2008, resigning as speaker on July 5, 2010.[1]

He has served as Government Whip in the Malta Legislature.[1]

In December 2014, he became Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. [1] As Home Affairs Minister, in January 2017 he stated that the government had “no plans” to extend Maltese citizenship to children born in Malta with migrant parents. Prior to 2001, all children born in Malta were entitled to citizenship, with the law changed to apply to only those born before 1989 in 2001.[3] On June 8, 2017, he was elected Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Melanie have two children.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hon. Carmelo Abela MP - Minister for Home Affairs and National Security", Parlament Ta’ Malta, retrieved June 9, 2017 
  2. ^ a b Camilleri, Ivan (June 9, 2017), "Outgoing Cabinet fares well at polls", Times of Malta, retrieved June 9, 2017 
  3. ^ Diacono, Tim (January 5, 2017), "Home Affairs Minister rejects calls to give migrant children born in Malta citizenship", Malta Today, retrieved June 9, 2017 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Emmanuel Mallia
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Michael Farrugia
Preceded by
George Vella
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2017–present
Incumbent