Edward Fenech Adami was elected President of the Republic on 4th
Edward Fenech Adami was born in 1934, the son of a customs
officer. He was educated at the
, where he first studied economics and the classics and later law. He was
called to the bar in 1959.
Dr. Fenech Adami joined the Christian Democratic Nationalist
Party (PN) in the early 1960s, establishing a reputation as a reserved but
determined and capable constituency official. He entered parliament in
1969 and in 1977, less than ten years later, after having served in a
number of senior party posts, including president of the Administrative
and General Councils, he was elected party leader, succeeding Dr. Giorgio
Since 1969, he has been returned to Parliament at every General
Election and as Leader of his Party won five popular elections, 1981,
1987, 1992, 1998 and 2003. In 1981, although the Nationalist Party
obtained an absolute majority of votes, it did not succeed to win a
majority of seats in Parliament, and therefore remained in Opposition.
Constitutional changes were then made to guarantee that the party winning
an absolute majority of votes would have a parliamentary majority as
happened in 1987.
Between 1987 and 1996, President Eddie Fenech Adami, as Prime
Minister, ushered in a major period of change for
. The country's physical infrastructure was completely overhauled as were
the legal and business structures. Trade was liberalized, whilst
telecommunications, banking and financial services were deregulated and/or
also began a period of integration with the European Union when its
application was presented on the 16th July 1990.
Between 1996 and 1998 Dr. Fenech Adami served as Leader of the Opposition
until his Party was returned to Government in September 1998. Dr Fenech
Adami served a further five years as Prime Minister and Leader of
's EU application, which was put on hold by the previous Labour
government, was reactivated. Negotiations on EU membership were concluded
by December 2002. In April 2003 Dr Edward Fenech Adami was again
confirmed as Prime Minister, following another electoral victory.
A few days later, on the 16th April, 2003, Dr Fenech
's Accession Treaty with the European Union, together with nine other
Heads of Government of countries set to become EU members on the 1st
of May 2004.
As Prime Minister Dr Eddie Fenech Adami, attended various EU
Summits and also represented
at various Commonwealth Meetings. As Leader of his Party he attended
various summits of the European Peoples Party. In December 2003, Dr
Fenech Adami received the European of the Year 2003 Award from the
influential Brussels-based newspaper European Voice in recognition of his
unfaltering efforts to bring
into the European Union.
On the 7th February 2004, upon reaching his 70th
birthday, Dr Fenech Adami tendered his resignation as Nationalist Party
Leader. On the 23rd March 2004, Dr Edward Fenech Adami resigned his premiership as well as his parliamentary seat.
Following his resignation as Prime Minister, Dr Fenech Adami became President of Malta on 4 April 2004. He served a five-year term, leaving office on 4 April 2009, when he was succeeded by George Abela.
Dr Edward Fenech Adami was married to Mary nee Sciberras who died on 8th July 2011. They
had five children, John, Beppe, Michael, Maria and Luigi.