DR. KARMENU MIFSUD BONNICI: PRIME MINISTER OF MALTA (1984
DR CARMELO MIFSUD BONNICI B.A., LL.D., M.P., son
of the late Dr Lorenzo Mifsud Bonnici, M.D., and Catherine nee
Buttigieg, was born at Cospicua on 17th July, 1933.
He received his primary education at the
Government school and later entered the Lyceum from where he
proceeded to the University of Malta where he graduated
Bachelor of Arts. In 1954 he graduated Doctor of Laws. In
1967/68 he completed a course at the University College of
London University in Taxation and Industrial Law. Since May
1968, Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici has been a lecturer in
Industrial and Fiscal Law at the University of Malta.
During his student days he was an active
member of the Catholic Social Guild and later with the Young
Christian Workers Movement to which he was its legal adviser.
He was also a member of the Editorial Board of the newspaper
"Il-Haddiem: published by the Young Christian Workers
In 1969, Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici was
appointed local consultant of the General Workers' Union. in
this capacity he played an important role in the successful
struggle by the GWU and the Labour Party against the enactment
of the Industrial Relations Bill, as proposed by the then
Nationalist Government, which included a provision of
imprisonment of striking workers.
On 29th May, 1980, the Prime Minister Mr Don
Mintoff proposed Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici to be appointed
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party responsible for Party
Affairs. This proposal was unanimously approved by the General
Conference of the Labour Movement. He was responsible for the
Labour Party's electoral campaign during the 1981 general
elections which the Labour Party won for the third consecutive
On 15th October, 1982, on a motion put
forward by the Prime Minister Mr Dom Mintoff, the General
Conference of the Labour Party and the GWU appointed Dr
Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici as Designate Leader of the Labour
On 2nd May, 1982, Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici
was co-opted to Parliament after the resignation of Labour M.P.
Mr Paul Xuereb and appointed Minister of Labour and Social
Services. On 5th September, 1983 he was appointed Senior
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. As Minister
of Education he took and active part in the dispute between
the Government and the Church on the introduction of the
reform of free education for all.
Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici was sworn in as
Prime Minister on 22nd December, 1984, following the
announcement of Mr Dom Mintoff's resignation on the same day
in Parliament. His investiture was witnessed by Mr Mintoff
As Prime Minister Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici
was responsible for Citizenship, Establishments, Electoral
Office, Oil Exploration, Wireless Telegraphy, Broadcasting,
Civil Aviation, Ports and Shipping.
As Minister of the interior he was
responsible for the Armed Forces, Police, Airport (Security),
Immigration and Prison, while as Minister of Education he was
responsible for Education, Public Libraries, Xandir Malta,
Information Division and Gozo Affairs.
Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, a bachelor, has
two sisters and three brothers, one of whom is a Nationalist
member of Parliament and another is an Archpriest.
Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici's favourite
pastime is reading.