Mintoff, Dominic,1916–2012, Maltese political leader, prime minister of Malta (1955–58, 1971–84). An architect and engineer, he was educated at the Univ. of Malta and Oxford. He joined the Labor party in 1943 and was first elected to the legislature in 1947. Appointed deputy prime minister and minister of public works, he oversaw the rebuilding that followed the heavy bombing during World War II. Mintoff served as Labor's leader from 1949 to 1984, remaining in the legislature until 1998. Following Malta's independence from Britain in 1964, he campaigned for ridding the country of British influence, leading to Malta's becoming a republic (1974) and the closure of British bases (1979).
Born Aug. 6, 1916, in Cospicua on Malta. Maltese political and governmental figure.
Mintoff attended the University of Malta as well as Oxford, and became an architect. In 1944 he became general secretary of the Labor Party of Malta. From 1947 to 1949 he was deputy prime minister and minister for works and reconstruction in the Labor government. In 1949 he became leader of the Labor Party, and from 1955 to 1958 was prime minister and minister of finance of Malta. In 1971, Mintoff again became prime minister, at the same time serving as foreign minister and minister for Commonwealth affairs.