Government of Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Parliament in session.
The Gibraltar Parliament building.

Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar is the democratically elected government of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. The government has Queen Elizabeth II (represented by a governor – currently, Edward Davis) as its head of state. Elections in Gibraltar are held every four years, with a unicameral parliament of 18 members (17 members elected by popular vote and, the "Speaker" – currently, Adolfo Canepa, appointed by Parliament). The terms are also four years.[1]

The executiveEdit

The leader of the majority party (or majority coalition) is formally appointed by the governor as the Chief Minister (head of government).[1]

The legislatureEdit

The Cabinet (Council of Ministers) is generally formed by 10 of the 17 elected Members of Parliament, through choice made by the Chief Minister with the approval of the Governor.[2] The seven remaining members constitute the Opposition (Shadow Cabinet).[1]

The last general election was held on 26 November 2015.


The Cabinet (elected as from December 2011) and after the reshuffle, as announced by the Chief Minister on 20 October 2016:[3]

Name Party Ministerial Role
The Hon. Fabian Picardo, QC GSLP Chief Minister
The Hon. Dr. Joseph Garcia LPG (Liberals) Deputy Chief Minister (also takes on the role as the Minister for Brexit and Europe)
The Hon. John Cortes GSLP Minister for Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Education (responsible for Education, Heritage, Urban Renewal and the maintenance, administration and operation of tourist sites and beaches)
The Hon. Albert Isola GSLP Minister for Commerce (responsible for Business and Commercial Affairs, IT, eGovernment, e-Commerce and Postal Services)
The Hon. Samantha Sacramento GSLP Minister for Housing and Equality (responsible for Civic Rights, Citizen’s Advice, Ombudsman, Consumer Affairs, Data Protection and Health and Safety)
The Hon. Gilbert Licudi, QC GSLP Minister for Tourism, Employment, Commercial Aviation and The Port (responsible for Tourism, Commercial Aviation, the Port, and Maritime Services and Employment)
The Hon. Sir Joseph Bossano, KCMG GSLP Minister for Economic Development, Telecommunications and the Gibraltar Savings Bank (GSB) (responsible for Public Sector Efficiency and Procurement)
The Hon. Vijay Daryanani LPG (Liberals) Minister for Health, Care and Justice (responsible for the Gibraltar Health Authority, Elderly Residential Services, Social Services, The Disabled, and Justice)
The Hon. Paul Balban GSLP Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (retains responsibility for Town Planning, Technical Services, and Traffic)
The Hon. Steven Linares LPG (Liberals) Minister for Culture, Media, Youth, and Sports (responsible for Broadcasting and the Media)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Central Intelligence Agency (ed.). "Gibraltar". The World Factbook. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  2. ^ Isolas Gibraltar Lawyers (ed.). "Gibraltar Parliament". Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  3. ^ "Chief Minister reshuffles the Cabinet (HM Gov't of Gibraltar 'Press Release')" (PDF).

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