People in Valletta, Malta. Editorial credit: steve estvanik /


Malta is a parliamentary democracy with regular, competitive elections and periodic rotations of power. Civil liberties are widely respected. However, the political system makes it difficult for new or smaller groups to challenge the dominance of the two main parties, and recent revelations have underscored the threat of official corruption.

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Freedom in the World — Malta Country Report

Malta is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.