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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. The Labour Party was the first party to attempt to register, on 3 June 2016, however its statute was not compliant, 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.

Parliamentary parties

Name Abbrev. Ideology Position House of Representatives MEPs Europarty EP group
Labour Party,
Partit Laburista
PL Social democracy Centre-left
38 / 67
4 / 6
Nationalist Party,
Partit Nazzjonalista
PN Christian democracy Centre-right
29 / 67
2 / 6

Non-parliamentary parties

Name Ideology Position Europarty
ABBA Social conservatism Right-wing
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 Progressivism Centre Volt Europa

Other minor parties

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  • Għarb l-Ewwel (Għarb First)
  • Floriana l-Ewwel (Floriana First)

Defunct and inactive political parties

See also

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