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Prime Minister  Joseph Muscat
Children  2
Succeeded by  Roberta Metsola
Party  Nationalist Party
Preceded by  Lawrence Gonzi
Role  Maltese Politician
Preceded by  Lawrence Gonzi
Name  Simon Busuttil

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Born  20 March 1969 (age 46) Attard, Malta (1969-03-20)
Alma mater  University of Malta University of Sussex
Education  University of Sussex, University of Malta
Similar People  Joseph Muscat, Lawrence Gonzi, Roberta Metsola, Eddie Fenech Adami, Dom Mintoff
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Simon Busuttil (born 20 March 1969) is a Maltese politician who has been Leader of the Nationalist Party and Leader of the Opposition in Malta since 2013.

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Education

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Busuttil, who is from Lija, graduated as Doctor of Laws (University of Malta, 1993), MA in European Studies (University of Sussex, 1994) and Magister Juris in International Law (University of Malta, 1995). As a student he was President of the Maltese Christian Democrat Students, SDM (1989–91), Student Representative on the Senate of the University of Malta (1991–92) and International Secretary of the Maltese National Youth Council (1992).

Career

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Busuttil served as an adviser on EU affairs to a number of government Ministries and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta before being appointed Head of the Malta-EU Information Centre (MIC) and member of the Core Negotiating Group (negotiating Malta's membership in the EU) and the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) in 1999.

Member of the European Parliament

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In 2004 Busuttil was elected as an MEP with the Nationalist Party in the election for the European Parliament. He was the first Maltese MEP to address the European Parliament, delivering a speech on July 21, 2004. He was again successful in the 2009 election.

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As an MEP he was a member of the bureau of the European People's Party (EPP) and sat on various committees including the European Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control and its Committee on Budgets. Within the EPP he led the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and covered issues that include the common European immigration and asylum policy.

He was also a substitute for the Committee on Regional Development, a substitute for the temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007–2013, vice-chair of the delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (including Libya), and a member of the delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.

Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Party and MP

In 2012 he was elected Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Party following the resignation of Tonio Borg. He was elected an MP in the 2013 general election.

Leader of the Nationalist Party

Immediately after the elections, incumbent Leader Lawrence Gonzi announced that he would not be seeking re-election for the role of leader of the Nationalist Party. Four candidates presented themselves for leadership these being Mario De Marco, Raymond Bugeja, Francis Zammit Dimech and Simon Busuttil. On 4 May 2013, Busuttil obtained 50.3% of the votes while Mario De Marco obtained 38.5% and conceded the race, leaving Busuttil de facto leader elect. A further vote was taken on 8 May in order for him to officially receive 2/3 of the votes, the threshold required by the election rules. Simon Busuttil was confirmed Leader having attained the two thirds threshold.

Busuttil lashed out at the postponement of the Maltese Local Council Elections to the year 2019.

During August 2015, some PN officials, namely Ivan Bartolo, Noel Grima, and Ray Bugeja heading certain party fora, expressed disappointment at the party leader, in light of affairs highlighted by Politico in relation to the Government's Citizenship Investment Programme.

On November 25, 2016, the Nationalist Party won a constitutional appeal in court to grant two extra seats in the Parliament of Malta.

On May 19, 2017, Busuttil presented evidence against Adrian Hillman and Keith Schembri with regards to illegal transactions worth €650,000.

Busuttil contested the 11th and 12th Electoral Disctricts in the Maltese general election, 2017.

On 5 June 2017, a day after the results of the general election were announced, Busuttil announced his resignation as leader of the Nationalist Party alongside the entire party administration following a second consecutive loss of a general election. At a press conference he stated that the Nationalist Party needs new leadership and that he would stay on until a new leader is elected and sworn in as Opposition leader.

Decorations

  • 2003: Member of the National Order of Merit of Malta
  • 2004: Winner of The Outstanding Young Person Award of the Junior Chamber (Malta)
  • References

    Simon Busuttil Wikipedia


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