Government of Gibraltar

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Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar is the democratically elected government of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. The government has Queen Elizabeth II (represented by a governor – currently, Edward Davis) as its head of state. Elections in Gibraltar are held every four years, with a unicameral parliament of 18 members (17 members elected by popular vote and, the "Speaker" – currently, Adolfo Canepa, appointed by Parliament). The terms are also four years.[1]

The Executive[edit]

The leader of the majority party (or majority coalition) is formally appointed by the governor as the Chief Minister (head of government).[1]

The Legislative[edit]

The Cabinet (Council of Ministers) is generally formed by 10 of the 17 elected Members of Parliament, through choice made by the Chief Minister with the approval of the Governor.[2] The seven remaining members constitute the Opposition (Shadow Cabinet).[1]

The last general election was held on 8 December 2011 with a by-election being held on 4 July 2013. The next general election is due to take place on the 26th of November, 2015.[1]


The Cabinet elected as from July 2013:[3]

Name Ministerial Role
The Hon. Fabian Picardo Chief Minister
The Hon. Dr. Joseph Garcia Deputy Chief Minister
The Hon. John Cortes Minister for Health and Environment
The Hon. Albert Isola Minister for Financial Services and Gaming
The Hon. Samantha Sacramento Minister for Housing, Tourism, Equality and Social Services.
The Hon. Gilbert Licudi Minister for Education, Justice and International Exchange of Information.
The Hon. Joe Bossano Minister for Economic Development, Telecommunications and the GSB.
The Hon. Neil Costa Minister for Business and Employment.
The Hon. Paul Balban Minister for Transport, Traffic, and Technical Services
The Hon. Steven Linares Minister for Sports, Culture, Heritage and Youth

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Central Intelligence Agency (ed.). "Gibraltar". The World Factbook. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  2. ^ Isolas Gibraltar Lawyers (ed.). "Gibraltar Parliament". Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  3. ^ Gibraltar Chronicle, ed. (2011-12-13). "Picardo Announces New Govt. Ministerial Portfolios". Retrieved 2012-09-14. 

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