Christian Cardona

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Christian Cardona

Hon. Minister Dr. Christian Cardona.jpg
Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business
Assumed office
11 March 2013
PresidentMarie Louise Coleiro Preca
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Party Affairs
Assumed office
12 June 2016
Preceded byKonrad Mizzi
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
1 November 1996
Personal details
Political partyLabour Party
Alma materUniversity of Malta
International Maritime Organization
Website[1]

Christian "Chris" 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.[1] In 2013 he became Malta's Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business.[2]

Biography[edit]

Cardona was born in 1972 and graduated as Notary Public and Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta. He furthered his studies in international maritime law at the United Nations' International Maritime Organization where he obtained a first Class master's degree in shipping law. Cardona is the author of the thesis entitled United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – A Maltese Perspective.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1996 and was re-elected in the 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 general elections. In 2008, he contested the post of Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs of the Labour Party. In 2013, he has been elected by the Labour Party's delegates as Deputy Leader for Party Affairs.

During the 2008 – 2013 legislature he served as the Labour Party main Spokesperson for the Industry, Self Employed and Foreign Investment. In previous legislatures he served as the Labour Party Spokesperson for Competition, Communication and IT. Cardona also served as a member in the Malta EU Parliamentary Committee during the negotiation process of Malta’s application to join the European Union as a full member.

Prior to his appointment as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Cardona was a Senior Partner at law firm CV Advocates.

On June 11 2016, Cardona won the deputy leadership race, succeeding Konrad Mizzi as Deputy Leader for Party affairs of the Labour Party. [1]

In January of 2017, investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia alleged that, while in Germany on official government business, Cardona visited a brothel with his aide Joe Gerada. Both Cardona and Gerada denied the claims and instituted legal action in the form of libel suits, however before the case was decided in court, Carauna Galizia was killed in a car bomb attack.[3]

Cardona "suspended himself" as a minister in November 2019, in the context of the arrest of Yorgen Fenech and Keith Schembri.[4]. He asked for protection due to an alleged frame-up for the murder of Caruana Galizia.[5] He was later reinstated as minister. [6]

Cardona, along with then-Health Minister Konrad Mizzi and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, is the subject of a criminal inquiry over the deal with Vitals Global Healthcare.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chris Cardona is new Labour deputy leader". Timesofmalta.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Cabinet: full list of ministries, parliamentary secretaries and responsibilities". Malta Today. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  3. ^ "The curious case of Chris Cardona and the German brothel". theshiftnews.com. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Malta businessman held on yacht in journalist murder probe". BBC. 20 November 2019.
  5. ^ Lovin Malta
  6. ^ Malta Today
  7. ^ https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/three-ministers-to-face-criminal-inquiry-over-vitals-deal-appeal.753517

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