Item 59 - Mifsud Bonnici, Ugo

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Mifsud Bonnici, Ugo

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Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, was born in Cospicua on 8 November 1932. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1952 and as a Doctor of Laws in 1955 at the Royal University of Malta. As a lawyer, Dr Mifsud Bonnici practiced in all the Law Courts of Malta. He contested the General Elections in 1966 and was elected. He has been re-elected in all subsequent General Elections. For fifteen years (1972-1987) he was the Nationalist Party's spokesman for Education. In 1977 he was also elected President of the Party's General and Administrative Councils. In 1987 the Nationalist Party was elected to Government and Dr Mifsud Bonnici was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Education. His portfolio included Education, Environment, Broadcasting, Culture, Youth, Museums and Sport. In 1990 he became Minister of Education and the Interior. Following the 1992 elections Dr Mifsud Bonnici was appointed Minister of Education and Human Resources. As a Member of Parliament, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici took an active interest in the updating of Malta's legislation. He was a member of numerous Select Committees including the Committee set up to draft the Constitutional changes that declared Malta a Republic. As a Minister, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici worked on the drafting of important legislation such as the Education Act, the Environment Act, the National Archives Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Promotion Act. Notwithstanding his commitments, Dr Mifsud Bonnici is a prolific writer. His articles have appeared in various newspapers and some of them were published in books. He is married to Gemma Bianco and they have three children.

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