Enrico Mizzi

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Enrico Mizzi
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Bust of Enrico Mizzi in St John's Square, Valletta, sculpted by Vincent Apap in 1964
6th Prime Minister of Malta
In office
26 September 1950 – 20 December 1950
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor-GeneralGerald Creasy
Preceded byPaul Boffa
Succeeded byGiorgio Borġ Olivier
Personal details
Born20 September 1885
Valletta, Malta
Died20 December 1950 (aged 65)
Political partyNationalist Party
Bice Vassallo
(m. 1926; died 1950)

Enrico "Nerik" Mizzi (20 September 1885 – 20 December 1950) was a Maltese politician, leader of the Maltese Nationalist Party and briefly Prime Minister of Malta.


Mizzi was born on 20 September 1885 in Valletta, Malta. He was the son of Fortunato Mizzi and Maria Sofia Folliero de Luna. In 1906 he graduated in literature and science at the Royal University of Malta. He studied law at La Sapienza in Rome and at the university of Urbino, where in 1911 he received a Laurea in law. In 1926 he married Bice Vassallo; they had one son, Fortunato Mizzi.[1]


After the 1950 elections Mizzi was appointed Prime Minister in a hung parliament. He died in Valletta three months later and had a state funeral.[1] To date, he is the only Maltese prime minister to have died in office.[citation needed]


Mizzi is remembered by the Maltese as a contributing force in the Maltese national and European identity.[citation needed]

"I hope that when I pass from this life to become a memory to posterity I hope no one will slander me... for party reasons.... As I had been declared by the Nationalist Party some thirty years ago, I am still, thank God, before the Party, before the people, and above all else before my own conscience 'senza macchia e senza paura'.”

— Enrico Mizzi[2]

A foundation, to promote and better appreciate his life and works and that of his father Fortunato, was founded in 2010.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Dr Enrico Mizzi (1950–1950)". Prime Ministers of Malta. Government of Malta. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ Legislative Assembly Debates, Sitting No 8, 17 March 1949, p.397.
  3. ^ http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20101126/local/fortunato-and-enrico-mizzi-foundation-formed