Carmelo Abela (born 10 February 1972) is a Maltese politician and is serving as an incumbent Labour MP and was the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. He also served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.[1] and as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta.[2] On 15 January 2020 he was appointed as Minister within the OPM in PM Robert Abela's cabinet.


Carmelo Abela

Carmelo Abela at 2016 Prague Process press conference.jpg
Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
(Sustainable Development, Social Dialogue and the Electoral Manifesto's Implemenation)
Assumed office
15 January 2020
Prime MinisterRobert Abela
Preceded byOffice Established
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
In office
9 June 2017 – 15 January 2020
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byGeorge Vella
Succeeded byEvarist Bartolo
Responsible for European & Foreign Affairs
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security
In office
9 December 2014 – 9 June 2017
Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat
Preceded byEmmanuel Mallia
Succeeded byMichael Farrugia
Personal details
Born (1972-02-10) 10 February 1972 (age 47)
Malta
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Melanie Bugeja
Children2

BiographyEdit

Carmelo Abela was born on 10 February 1972 in Malta.[2]

He won his first general election in 1996, when he was named to the 8th Parliament of Malta.[2] He has since won all the following parliamentary elections, in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013. He was elected Deputy Speaker of the Tenth Parliament on 6 March 2003 and re-appointed on 5 October 2008, resigning as speaker on 5 July 2010.[2]

He has served as Government Whip in the Malta Legislature.[2]

In December 2014, he became Minister for Home Affairs and National Security.[2] As Home Affairs Minister, in January 2017 he stated that the government had “no plans” to extend Maltese citizenship to children born in Malta with migrant parents. Prior to 2001, all children born in Malta were entitled to citizenship, with the law changed to apply to only those born before 1989 in 2001.[3] On 8 June 2017 he was elected Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He and his wife Melanie have two children.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Camilleri, Ivan (June 9, 2017), "Outgoing Cabinet fares well at polls", Times of Malta, retrieved June 9, 2017
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Hon. Carmelo Abela MP - Minister for Home Affairs and National Security", Parlament Ta’ Malta, retrieved June 9, 2017
  3. ^ Diacono, Tim (January 5, 2017), "Home Affairs Minister rejects calls to give migrant children born in Malta citizenship", Malta Today, retrieved June 9, 2017

External linksEdit

  Media related to Carmelo Abela at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Emmanuel Mallia
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Michael Farrugia
Preceded by
George Vella
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2017–2020
Succeeded by
Evarist Bartolo