Marie Louise Coleiro Preca
|Marie Louise Coleiro Preca|
|9th President of Malta|
Assumed office |
4 April 2014
|Prime Minister||Joseph Muscat|
|Preceded by||George Abela|
|Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity|
11 March 2013 – 29 March 2014
|Prime Minister||Joseph Muscat|
|Preceded by||Chris Said (Justice, Public Dialogue, and Family)|
|Succeeded by||Michael Farrugia|
7 December 1958|
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Residence||San Anton Palace|
|Alma mater||University of Malta|
Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, KUOM (born 7 December 1958) is a Maltese politician and the 9th President of Malta since her appointment on 4 April 2014. Previously, as a member of the Labour Party, she was a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Malta from 1998 to 2014 and served as the Minister of the Family and Social Solidarity from 11 March 2013 to 29 March 2014.
Early life and career
Within the Labour Party, Coleiro Preca served as a member of the National Executive, the Assistant General Secretary, and as the General Secretary of the Party (1982-1991). She was the only woman to have served in such a senior post of a Maltese political party. In addition to these posts, Coleiro Preca was also a member of the National Bureau of Socialist Youths (now the Labour Youth Forum), President of the Women's Section of the Party (1996-2001), founding member of the Ġużè Ellul Mercer Foundation and publisher of the Party's weekly newspaper Il-Ħelsien (now defunct).
She served as MP in the Maltese Parliament from 1998 to 2014. In the 2008 general election she was the first elected MP by the. As an Opposition MP Coleiro Preca served as Shadow Minister for Social Policy and as member of the Parliamentary Permanent Committee for Social Affairs beginning in 1998.
On 1 March 2014, Coleiro Preca accepted the nomination for President. Succeeding George Abela, she was sworn in as President on 4 April 2014. Coleiro Preca is the youngest person to assume the office of President, sworn in at the age of 55, and is the second woman to hold the post after Agatha Barbara.
In 2014 Coleiro Preca announced the formation of The President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, a non-profit consultative and research entity advising the President of Malta on initiatives to help improve social inclusion and standards of living.
- Honorary Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, 2015
In September 2016, President Coleiro Preca received the 'Agent of Change' award, conferred by UN Women, in recognition of her work as a champion of gender equality and women's empowerment in the Mediterranean region. UN Women executive director Lakshmi Puri described Coleiro Preca as "a true champion for gender equality not just in Malta but in the Commonwealth".
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- Honorary awards
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