Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
|5th President of Malta|
4 April 1994 – 4 April 1999
|Prime Minister||Edward Fenech Adami|
|Preceded by||Ċensu Tabone|
|Succeeded by||Guido de Marco|
|Born||8 November 1932|
Cospicua, British Malta
|Political party||Partit Nazzjonalista|
|Spouse||Gemma Bianco (1959–present)|
Early life, education, and family
Ugo Mifsud Bonnici was born in Cospicua as the son of Professor Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, and his wife, Maria (née Ross). He was educated at the Lyceum and the Royal University of Malta. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1952 and as a Doctor of Laws in 1955. As a lawyer, he has practised in all the Law Courts of Malta. On 3 May 1959, he married Gemma (née Bianco); the couple has three childrenː Carmelo, Anton and Jeanne-Pia.
Entry to politics
Following in his father's footsteps, he contested the General Elections in the interests of the Nationalist Party in 1966. He was elected from the 2nd District which comprised Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Kalkara and Fgura. He was re-elected in all subsequent General Elections that he contested. For fifteen years (1972–1987) he was the Nationalist Party's spokesman for Education. In 1977 he was also elected President of the Party's General and Administrative Councils.
In 1987 the Nationalist Party was elected to Government and Bonnici was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Education. His portfolio included Education, Environment, Broadcasting, Culture, Youth, Museums and Sport. In 1990 he became Minister of Education and the Interior. Following the 1992 elections Mifsud Bonnici was appointed Minister of Education and Human Resources.
As a Member of Parliament, he took an active interest in the updating of Malta's legislation. He was a member of numerous Select Committees including the Committee set up to draft the Constitutional changes that declared Malta a Republic. As a Minister, he worked on the drafting of important legislation such as the Education Act, the Environment Act, the National Archives Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Promotion Act. He made a strong effort to improve the standards at public schools.
He was inaugurated as President of Malta on 4 April 1994, and served his term in full, ending five years later to the day. He was succeeded by Guido de Marco in 1999.
Dr. Mifsud Bonnici is a prolific writer. His articles have appeared in various newspapers; some were published in two books: Il-Linja t-Tajba - L-Aħjar Artikli ta' Dottor Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and Biex il-Futur Reġa' Beda. He also spent some years as editor of a literary magazine Malta Letterarja.
- Malta : Companion of Honour of the National Order of Merit (1994) "by right as a President of Malta"
- Profile of Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
- Sammut, Austin (15 May 1987). "Defeated Malta leader has heart attack as new Cabinet is sworn in". The Times.
- Grima, Godfrey (10 March 1988). "Malta 3; High Technology Bid". The Financial Times.
- Profile, 2 Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Profile, 3