Former Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella has been nominated as Malta's next president, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
In a tweet, Dr Muscat said that he was nominating Dr Vella to be Malta's next head of state after President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca's term ends on 4th April.
Dr Muscat stated that the nomination had the unanimous approval of cabinet and the Labour Party's parliamentary group.
Born in Zejtun in 1942, Dr Vella's parliamentary career started in 1976.
He was then elected member of parliament in January 1978, and during the 1981, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 general elections.
In 1992, Dr Vella was elected as the Labour Party deputy leader for parliamentary affairs and spokesperson on foreign affairs. He served as vice chairman on the Joint EU/Malta Parliamentary Committee.
He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Environment in October 1996 and again in March 2013, serving to June 2017.
He is married to Miriam, has three children and seven grandchildren.