List of political parties in Malta

This article lists political parties in Malta. Since World War II, Maltese political culture has developed into a two-party system dominated by the centre-left Labour Party (Maltese: Partit Laburista) and the centre-right Nationalist Party (Maltese: Partit Nazzjonalista). 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 attempt to register, on 3 June 2016,[2] however its statute was not compliant,[3] therefore making Moviment Patrijotti Maltin the first party to be officially registered, on 24 November 2016. The Labour Party was finally registered on 22 April 2017.[4]

Parliamentary parties

Name Founded Ideology Political position Leader House of Representatives MEPs Europarty EP group
Labour Party (PL) 1920 Social democracy Centre-left Robert Abela
44 / 79
4 / 6
Nationalist Party (PN) 1926 Christian democracy Centre-right Bernard Grech
35 / 79
2 / 6

Non-parliamentary parties

ABBA Christian right Far-right
AD+PD Green politics Centre-left EGP
Communist Party of Malta Marxism–Leninism Far-left INITIATIVE
Imperium Europa Neo-fascism Far-right
People's Party Right-wing populism Far-right
Volt Malta European federalism Centre Volt Europa

Other minor parties

  • Brain, not ego[5]
  • Għarb l-Ewwel (Għarb First)[6]
  • Floriana l-Ewwel (Floriana First)[7]

Defunct and inactive political parties

  • Alleanza Bidla
  • Moviment Patrijotti Maltin
  • Alleanza Nazzjonali Repubblikana
  • Communist Party of Malta
  • Alliance of Liberal Democrats Malta
  • Alpha Liberal Democratic Party
  • Anti-Reform Party
  • Christian Workers' Party (active during 1960's Church/PL conflict)
  • Constitutional Party
  • Democratic Alternative
  • Democratic Action Party
  • Democratic Nationalist Party (1921–26)
  • Democratic Nationalist Party (1959-66)
  • Democratic Party
  • Gozo Party
  • Jones Party
  • Independent Labour Party
  • Integrity Party (Malta)
  • Libertas Malta
  • Malta Workers Party
  • Maltese Political Union
  • National Action (Azzjoni Nazzjonali)
  • Progressive Constitutionalist Party
  • Partit Ajkla (Eagle Party)[8]

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.
  3. "Labour's statute not in line with new party financing law". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  4. "Labour finally registered as political party". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  5. "New independent political party for EP elections: 'Brain, not ego'". Retrieved 2021-11-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "'Għarb First' - Former Councillor Comes Back To Haunt PN; Sliema Is Set To Retain Its PN Majority". Lovin Malta. 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2021-11-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Sansone, Kurt. "From Floriana l-Ewwel to ABBA, Malta has 12 registered political parties". MaltaToday. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  8. "Election Summary 2013". Electoral Commission Malta. Electoral Commission of Malta. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
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