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Elections for Head of the Sovereign Order of Malta

The electing body meets in Rome 2-3 May

Rome, 1 May 2018

The Magistral Villa, Aventino, Rome

The Magistral Villa, Aventino, Rome The electing body – the Council Complete of State of the Sovereign Order of Malta – held in Rome on 29 April 2017 elected Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto as Lieutenant of the Grand Master. With the same powers of a Grand Master, the Lieutenant of the Grand Master remains in charge for one year.

As that year now ends, on 2-3 May 2018 the Council Complete of State is convened in Rome to elect a Grand Master (the eightieth since its foundation more than 900 years ago) or a Lieutenant of the Grand Master. 

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