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    Aruba Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Aruba

      Data code AA

      Dependency status part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairsobtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles

      Government type NA

      National capital Oranjestad

      Administrative divisions none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

      Independence none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; in 1990, Aruba requestedand received from the Netherlands cancellation of the agreement to automaticallygive independence to the island in 1996)

      National holiday Flag Day, 18 March

      Constitution 1 January 1986

      Legal system based on Dutch civil law system, with some English common law influence

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Queen BEATRIX Wilhelmina Armgard of the Netherlands (since 30 April1980), represented by Governor General Olindo KOOLMAN (since 1 January 1992)
      head of government: Prime Minister Jan (Henny) H. EMAN (since 29 July 1994) and Deputy PrimeMinister Glenbert F. CROES
      cabinet : Council of Ministers elected by the Staten
      elections: the queen is a constitutional monarch; governor general appointed fora six-year term by the queen; prime minister and deputy prime minister electedby the Staten for a four-year term; election last held 29 July 1994 (nextto be held by July 1998)
      election results : Jan (Henny) H. EMAN elected prime minister; percent of legislative vote- NA; Glenbert F. CROES elected deputy prime minister; percent of legislativevote - NA

      Legislative branch unicameral Legislature or Staten (21 seats; members elected by directpopular vote and serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 29 July 1994 (next to be held by NA July 1998)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - AVP 10, MEP 9, OLA 2

      Judicial branch Joint High Court of Justice

      Political parties and leaders Electoral Movement Party or MEP [Nelson ODUBER]; Aruban People's Partyor AVP [Jan (Henny) H. EMAN]; National Democratic Action or ADN [Pedro CharroKELLY]; New Patriotic Party or PPN [Eddy WERLEMEN]; Aruban Patriotic Partyor PPA [Benny NISBET]; Aruban Democratic Party or PDA [Leo BERLINSKI]; DemocraticAction '86 or AD '86 [Arturo ODUBER]; Aruban Liberal Party or OLA [GlenbertCROES]
      note: governing coalition includes the AVP and OLA

      International organization participation ECLAC (associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), WCL, WToO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (represented by the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

      Flag description blue with two narrow horizontal yellow stripes across the lower portionand a red, four-pointed star outlined in white in the upper hoist-side corner

      NOTE: The information regarding Aruba on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Aruba Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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