The Life of Guido Demarco
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The President of Malta, Guido De Marco. Public Domain. By U.S. Navy Photographers Mate 2nd Class Todd Reeves

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Photo: The President of Malta, Guido De Marco, addresses the crew aboard USS La Salle (AFS 3) during a reception ceremony on the ship’s flight deck. President Marco welcomed the captain and crew of the La Salle, and praised the ongoing warm relations between the U.S. Navy and the Maltese people. The ship is in Malta for a scheduled maintenance period.

22 July 1931: Guido de Marco was born in Valletta to Emanuele and Giovanna (née Raniolo) de Marco.

He was educated at St. Joseph High School, St. Aloysius’ College and the University of Malta.

1952: Obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Economics and Italian.

1955: Graduated as a Doctor of Laws then specialising in criminal law becoming very successful in his practice providing skillful defense in major criminal cases. He became a lecturer, and later a professor of criminal law at the University of Malta.

De Marco married Violet Saliba, the couple had three children – Giannella, Fiorella and Mario. Prof. Guido de Marco was elected President of Malta on 4th April 1999.

  • April 1966 – was first elected in the interests of the Nationalist Party to the House of Representative. Has been returned to Parliament at every General Election.
  • 1972 – Appointed Secretary General of the Nationalist Party.
  • 1977 – Elected Deputy Leader and had since been uninterruptedly confirmed until his resignation in March 1999.
  • 1987 – Appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Justice after Nationalist Party was returned to office.
  • Sept 8, 1998 – Appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Malta and Minister of Foreign Affairs following the Nationalist Party’s victory at the General Elections, a capacity which he held until his nomination to the Presidency of Malta.
  • Sept 11, 1998 presented Malta’s request for the reactivation of its application for membership to the President of the European Union.
  • On 4 April 1999, de Marco was appointed President of Malta.
  • 2004: Led his country into the European Union.
  • 2004: Awarded an honorary doctor by St. Petersburg State University “for achievements in science and politics, in particular, for his efforts to integrate Malta into the EU.”
  • 12th August 2010: Professor de Marco passed away at the age of 79.


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