Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

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Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

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9th President of Malta
In office
4 April 2014 – 4 April 2019
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byGeorge Abela
Succeeded byGeorge Vella
Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity
In office
11 March 2013 – 29 March 2014
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byChris Said (Justice, Public Dialogue, and Family)
Succeeded byMichael Farrugia
Member of Parliament
In office
Personal details
Marie-Louise Coleiro

(1958-12-07) 7 December 1958 (age 60)
Qormi, Malta
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Edgar Preca (± 2007-present)
Alma materUniversity of Malta
WebsiteOfficial website

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, KUOM GCMG (born 7 December 1958) is a Maltese politician who served as the 9th President of Malta from 2014 to 2019. Previously, as a member of the Labour Party, she was a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives of Malta from 1998 to 2014,[1] and served as the Minister of the Family and Social Solidarity from March 2013 to March 2014.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Qormi, Coleiro Preca studied at the University of Malta where she graduated with a BA in Legal and Humanistic Studies (International Studies) and a notary public diploma.[2]

Within the Labour Party, Coleiro Preca served within its executive.[3] She was a member of the National Executive, the Assistant General Secretary,[citation needed] and as the General-Secretary.[4] She was the only woman to have served in such a senior post of a Maltese political party.[citation needed] In addition to these posts, Coleiro Preca was also a member of the National Bureau of Socialist Youths (now the Labour Youth Forum), President of the Women's Section of the Party (1996-2001), founding member of the Ġużè Ellul Mercer Foundation and publisher of the Party's weekly newspaper Il-Ħelsien (now defunct).[5]

She served as MP in the Maltese Parliament from 1998 to 2014. In the 2008 general election she was the first elected MP. As an Opposition MP Coleiro Preca served as Shadow Minister for Social Policy and as member of the Parliamentary Permanent Committee for Social Affairs beginning in 1998.[6]

After Alfred Sant resigned as Leader of the Labour Party in 2008, Coleiro Preca unsuccessfully contested the Leadership election.[7]

She served on the Maltese delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2008 to 2013.[2]


Coleiro Preca, as President, signing books at the MCC in Valletta

On 1 March 2014, Coleiro Preca accepted the nomination for President. Succeeding George Abela, she was sworn in as President on 4 April 2014.[8] Coleiro Preca is the youngest person to assume the office of President, sworn in at the age of 55, and is the second woman to hold the post after Agatha Barbara.[9]

In 2014 Coleiro Preca announced the formation of The President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, a non-profit consultative and research entity advising the President of Malta on initiatives to help improve social inclusion and standards of living.[10]


Honorary degrees[edit]

National honours[edit]

International honours[edit]


Hosted Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015.


  1. ^ "PL motion calls for setting up of permanent committee for family affairs". Malta Independent. 26 March 2011. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Office of the President". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  3. ^ "Coleiro Preca could run for MEP after President's term ends in 2019". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ Who's Who of Women in World Politics. Bowker-Saur. 1991. p. 51. ISBN 9780862916275.
  5. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca hakkında - - Bilgi Kaynağınız!". 25 June 2016. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. ^ [1] Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca". 1958-12-07. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  8. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca accepts nomination for President". MaltaToday. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Coleiro Preca to be named as President within days". Times of Malta. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  10. ^ "President's Wellbeing Foundation". Times of Malta. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014.
  11. ^ "Maltese President appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Warwick". University of Warwick. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  12. ^ "President Coleiro Preca receives honorary degree of doctor of laws from the University of Leicester".
  13. ^ "Marie Louise Coleiro Preca sworn in as Malta's ninth President - The Malta Independent". 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Honours". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Honorary awards" (PDF). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-09-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
George Abela
President of Malta
Succeeded by
George Vella