Malta so far has had two Acting Presidents, who served ad interim while the post was vacant in 1981 and 1987. In 1989 the date of 4 April was established as the date on which the five-year term of President begins and ends. An Acting President is a person, generally chosen by the Parliament (locally called a Parliament), to take the place of the country's President while he is either away or while the post is vacant. Before 1989, the law stipulated that an acting President could serve only once, and every time the President was away, a different Acting President was chosen. Afterwards this was amended, and an Acting President was chosen to act on every occasion that the current President was abroad.