Sir Anthony Mamo, the first President of Malta, died this morning

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Sir Anthony MamoSir Anthony Mamo, the first President of Malta, died this morning at Casa Arkati in Mosta, Sir Anthony was 99 years-old.

A Department of Information statement said that the Prime Minister phoned Sir Anthony Mamo’s family and conveyed his condolences. Sir Anthony Mamo is to be given a state funeral of which details will be announced shortly.

Sir Anthony Joseph Mamo was born on January 9, 1909 son of Joseph Mamo and Carla Brincat and was the first President of Malta when the country became a republic on December the 13th, 1974, and held the office until 1976. He was previously Governor-General, representing Elizabeth II as Queen of Malta, when the country was a Commonwealth realm. He was also the first Maltese citizen to be appointed Governor-General, and before independence, briefly served as acting Governor.

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1955 and knighted two years later. He was made Sieheb il-Gieh within the National Order of Merit in 1993.

Sir Anthony has been the world’s oldest living former head of state since Somalian President Aden Abdullah Osman Daar died on June 8, 2007.

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