Maltese Political Union

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Maltese Political Union

Unjoni Politika Maltija
LeaderJoseph Howard
Founded1920
Dissolved1926
Merged intoNationalist Party

The Maltese Political Union (Italian: Unione Politica Maltese, Maltese: Unjoni Politika Maltija) was a political party in Malta.

History[edit]

The party was established in 1920 by a merger of the Malta Political Association and the Patriotic Committee.[1] It emerged as the largest party in Parliament as a result of the 1921 elections, and its leader Joseph Howard became the country's first Prime Minister.[1]

The 1924 elections saw the party reduced to 10 seats, and it had to form a coalition with the Democratic Nationalist Party to stay in power. In 1926 the two parties merged to form the Nationalist Party.[1]

In 1947 the Democratic Action Party was established as a revived Maltese Political Union.[2]

Electoral results[edit]

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
1921 Joseph Howard 7,999 39.1
14 / 32
Increase 14 Increase 1st Minority
1924 Francesco Buhagiar 6,553 27.2
10 / 32
Decrease 4 Decrease 2nd Coalition

Ideology[edit]

The party sought to give the Italian language equal status with English in education and to progress towards self-government. It also defended the powers of the Catholic church.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Vincent E McHale (1983) Political parties of Europe, Greenwood Press, p634 ISBN 0-313-23804-9
  2. ^ McHale, p631