Enrico Mizzi

Enrico " Nerik " Mizzi ( born September 20, 1885 in Valletta, † December 20 1950 in Valletta ) was a Maltese politician and Prime Minister.

Studies and early political career

The son of the founder of the nationalist movement, Fortunato Mizzi studied literature and science at the University of Malta where he graduated in 1906 with a diploma. He then studied law at the Universities of Rome and Urbino and his doctorate in 1911 Doctor of Laws ( LL.D. ).

Already in 1915 he was elected as representative of the " Comitato Patriottico " a member of the Governing Council of Gozo. On May 7, 1917, he was tried for violating the Maltese defense arrangements under house arrest, after which he had used in statements and writing for a liberal constitution to the British colonial power. A court sentenced him to one year in prison followed by hard labor, the loss of civil rights and the withdrawal of the license to practice law. The then British Governor, Field Marshall Paul Methuen, the punishment mitigated in a " severe reprimand " from and the civil rights and admitted to the bar were recognized him back after the end of hostilities of World War I in 1918. In 1919 he became secretary of the National Assembly.

In addition to his political activities, Dr Mizzi was president for life of the Maltese " Dante Alighieri Society ".

Minister and party leader during the period of self-government from 1921 to 1945

After justification of the Maltese autonomy law in 1921, Dr. Mizzi the PDN associated with the UPM formed a coalition government in September 1924 under Ugo Pasquale Mifsud. From 1921 to 1930, from 1932 to 1933 and from 1947 to 1950 he was a member of the Legislative Assembly.

Prime Minister Mifsud called Nerik Mizzi Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Industry and Trade in the Cabinet. These offices he held until August 1927.

When merged, the UPM and PDN later for " Partito Nazzionalista " Mizzi was with Mifsud whose co- CEO of 1926 until 1942. Between 1942 and 1950, Mizzi then sole chairman of the PN. He was also the founder and editor of the party newspaper of the PDN "ECO di Malta e Gozo " (1921) and the PN " MALTA " ( 1926-1940 ).

As Prime Minister Mifsud was again on 21 June 1932, he called Mizzi Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Post and the Minister of Education. These offices he held until the provisional completion of the self-government on November 2, 1933.

On May 30, 1940 Mizzi was the building of " MALTA " - press house arrest because of sympathies to Italy along with 47 other nationals of Malta and later deported in 1942 to Uganda. Towards the end of the Second World War, he returned on March 8, 1945 back to Malta and took his seat in the Government again.

Ascent to the Prime Minister

After the electoral defeat of 1947 against Paul Boffa Mizzi was as chairman of the PN November 4, 1947 to September 26, 1950 Leader of the Opposition.

After the parliamentary elections of 1950 Mizzi was asked to form a minority government. On September 26, 1950 he was sworn in as Prime Minister. However Mizzi already died on 20 December 1950 in his office in Valletta and was then buried in a state funeral.


  • Biography on the website of the Maltese Government
  • Biography in rulers.org
  • Composition of the Maltese Parliament 1921-2003

Joseph Howard | Francesco Buhagiar | Ugo Pasquale Mifsud | Gerald Strickland | Ugo Pasquale Mifsud | Paul Boffa | Enrico Mizzi | George Borġ Olivier | Dom Mintoff | George Borġ Olivier | Dom Mintoff | Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici | Edward Fenech Adami | Alfred Sant | Edward Fenech Adami | Lawrence Gonzi | Joseph Muscat

  • Prime Minister (Malta )
  • Agriculture Minister (Malta )
  • Minister of Education (Malta )
  • Minister of Commerce
  • Born 1885
  • Died in 1950
  • Man
  • Postmaster General (Malta )
  • Minister of Fisheries