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    Aruba Government 2001
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    SOURCE: 2001 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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

      Dependency status: part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs obtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs

      Government type: parliamentary democracy

      Capital: Oranjestad

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

      Independence: none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

      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 April 1980), 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 Prime Minister Lili BEKE-MARTINEZ
      cabinet: Council of Ministers (elected by the Staten)
      elections: the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed for a six-year term by the monarch; prime minister and deputy prime minister elected by the Staten for four-year terms; election last held 12 July 1997 (next to be held by December 2001)
      election results: Jan (Henny) H. EMAN elected prime minister; percent of legislative vote - NA%; Lili BEKE-MARTINEZ elected deputy prime minister; percent of legislative vote - NA%

      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislature or Staten (21 seats; members elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 12 December 1997 (next to be held by NA December 2001)
      election results: percent of vote by party - AVP 43%, MEP 39%, OLA 9% PPA 4%, ADN 2%, PARA 1%, MAS 0.5%; seats by party - AVP 10, MEP 9, OLA 2

      Judicial branch: Joint High Court of Justice (judges are appointed by the monarch)

      Political parties and leaders: Aruba Solidarity Movement or MAS [leader NA]; Aruban Democratic Party or PDA [Leo BERLINSKI]; Aruban Liberal Party or OLA [Glenbert CROES]; Aruban Patriotic Party or PPA [Benny NISBET]; Aruban People's Party or AVP [Tico CROES]; Electoral Movement Party or MEP [Nelson ODUBER]; For a Restructured Aruba Now or PARA [leader NA]; National Democratic Action or ADN [Pedro Charro KELLY]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: Caricom (observer), 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:
      chief of mission: Consul General Barbara J. STEPHENSON
      embassy: J. B. Gorsiraweg #1, Curacao
      mailing address: P. O. Box 158, Willemstad, Curacao
      telephone: [599] (9) 461-3066
      FAX: [599] (9) 461-6489

      Flag description: blue, with two narrow, horizontal, yellow stripes across the lower portion and 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 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Aruba Government 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Government 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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