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Malta

Malta is a parliamentary democracy with regular, competitive elections and periodic rotations of power. Civil liberties are generally respected. New and smaller political parties encounter difficulties in challenging the dominance of the two main parties, and official corruption is a serious problem.

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Freedom in the World — Malta Country Report

Malta is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.