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Democratic Party (Malta)

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Abbreviation  PD
Deputy Leader  Anthony Buttigieg
Political position  Centre-left
Leader  Marlene Farrugia
Ideology  Social democracy
Founded  21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

The Democratic Party (Maltese: Partit Demokratiku, PD) is a centre-left political party in Malta. The PD was founded in 2016 by MP Marlene Farrugia, who had been initially elected as an MP for the Labour Party.

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The party states it is a new alternative to the traditional dominant parties in Malta, the Labour Party and Nationalist Party. By August 2016, the party had written to the Maltese Electoral Commission, in order to formally recognise it as a political party. It was officially registered with by November 2016.

On 21 October 2016, Marlene Farrugia was formally elected leader of the PD at an AGM whilst confirming the party executive. The term length for the executive has been set for two years. The party aims to contest the next Maltese general election scheduled to take place in 2018. In addition, the four members elected to the executive council are Professor Matthew Montebello, Catherine Farrugia, Alex Clayman and Carmel Polidano.

Farrugia stated in January 2017 that the PD was "close" to forming a deal with the opposition Nationalist Party where the two parties would cooperate against the Labour government, though she did not specify if such a deal would be a formal coalition.

Party Executive Council

  • Marlene Farrugia – Leader
  • Dr Anthony Buttigieg – Deputy Leader
  • Karl Camilleri – General Secretary
  • Engineer Duncan Bonnici – Treasurer
  • Monique Agius – Public Relations Officer
  • Professor Matthew Montebello - Member
  • Catherine Farrugia - Member
  • Alex Clayman - Member
  • Carmel Polidano - Member
  • Politics

    On January 4, 2017, the PD said that the Cost of Living Adjustment was taken back from the people due to the increase of fuel prices.

    The Party criticised the sale of public land to a private entity for a project that was approved in February 2017, and called for a "high-rise masterplan" for Malta. On February 11, 2017, the PD issued a statement criticising the appointment of Lino Farrugia Sacco as chairman of the newly formed Lands Authority, calling it unmeritocratic.

    References

    Democratic Party (Malta) Wikipedia


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