Paul Xuereb

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Paul Xuereb
Mr Paul Xuereb.jpg
Acting President of Malta
In office
16 February 1987 – 4 April 1989
Preceded by Agatha Barbara
Succeeded by Ċensu Tabone
Personal details
Born Pawlu Xuereb
21 July 1923
Rabat, Malta[1]
Died 6 September 1994(1994-09-06) (aged 71)
Nationality Maltese
Memorial to Paul Xuereb

Pawlu "Paul" Xuereb (21 July 1923 – 6 September 1994), was the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta July, 1986 – February, 1987 and Acting President of Malta between February 16, 1987 – April 4, 1989.

He was educated at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London, where he studied Journalism, Political Economy and Political Science.[2] Upon completing his studies he returned to Malta in 1950 and took up the post of Managing Director of Fardex Trade Development Company (Malta) Ltd. In 1958 he joined the Department of Education as a visiting Master at the Lyceum. In 1959 Xuereb joined the Freedom Press as Literary Editor and Assistant Editor of the Malta Labour Party organ The Voice of Malta until 1964 when he was appointed General Manager of the Party publishing house. He entered politics in 1962, and contested the general election of that year when he was elected as Member of Parliament keeping his seat in the 1966, 1971, 1976 and 1981 elections.[3]

Xuereb was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Acting President of the Republic, following the end of term of Office of the third President. Xuereb took the Oath of Office on 16 February 1987. A bronze statue designed by late sculptor Anton Agius was erected within Howards' Gardens, just outside the Bastions of Mdina in Paul Xuereb's honour.


Political offices
Preceded by
Agatha Barbara
President of Malta
Succeeded by
Ċensu Tabone