List of political parties in Malta

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This article lists political parties in Malta. Since World War II Maltese political culture has developed into a two-party system dominated by the Nationalist Party and the Labour Party. Although other political parties have presented candidates and, in some cases, elected MPs, in most cases these were splinter groups of the main parties and, on the rare occasions when they were successful, this success was short-lived.

Active political parties

Until 2015 there was no law in Malta requiring the registration and regulation of political parties, the General Elections Act made the necessary provisions for party participation in elections but no official list was maintained between elections. The Financing of Political Parties Act, which passed in 2015 and came into effect on 1 January 2016, introduced the requirement for political parties to register themselves with the Electoral Commission and declare all donations in order to be able to field candidates in general elections and European Parliament elections.[1] The Labour Party was the first party to register, on 3 June 2016.[2]

Parliamentary parties

Name Abbrev. Ideology House MEPs
Labour Party
Partit Laburista
PL Social democracy
38 / 69
3 / 6
Nationalist Party
Partit Nazzjonalista
PN Christian democracy
29 / 69
3 / 6
Democratic Party
Partit Demokratiku
PD Centre-left
1 / 69
0 / 6

Non-parliamentary parties

Name Founded Ideology
Democratic Alternative
Alternattiva Demokratika
1989 Green politics
Imperium Europa 2000 Pan-European nationalism
Moviment Patrijotti Maltin 2016 Nationalism

Defunct and inactive political parties

See also


  1. "Party Financing Law will come into effect in January 2016". TVM News. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. "Party financing: PL registers itself with Electoral Commission". Times of Malta. Allied Newspapers. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
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