List of political parties in Malta

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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[edit]

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 register, on 3 June 2016.[2]

Parliamentary parties[edit]

Name Abbrev. Ideology Position House of Representatives MEPs Europarty
Labour Party
Partit Laburista
PL Social democracy, Pro-Europeanism Centre-left
37 / 67
4 / 6
Nationalist Party
Partit Nazzjonalista
PN Christian democracy, Social conservatism, Economic liberalism, Pro-Europeanism Centre-right
28 / 67
2 / 6

Non-parliamentary parties[edit]

Name Founded Ideology Europarty
Democratic Alternative
Alternattiva Demokratika
1989 Green politics EGP
Democratic Party
Partit Demokratiku
2016 Social liberalism, green liberalism, Pro-Europeanism ALDE
Imperium Europa 2000 Pan-European nationalism, white nationalism N/A
Alleanza Bidla c. 2013 Social conservatism, Christian democracy, Euroscepticism ECPM
Moviment Patrijotti Maltin 2016 Nationalism, anti-immigration, anti-Islam N/A

Defunct and inactive political parties[edit]

See also[edit]


  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.