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    Aruba Government 2000

      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 affairs obtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles

      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; in 1990, Aruba requested and received from the Netherlands cancellation of the agreement to automatically give 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 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 Dr. Lili BEKE-MARTINEZ (since NA)
      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; Dr. 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: 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 [Jan (Henny) H. EMAN]; Aruba Solidarity Movement or MAS [leader NA]; Democratic Action '86 or AD '86 [Arturo ODUBER]; Electoral Movement Party or MEP [Nelson ODUBER]; Electoral People's Movement or MEP [Betico CROES]; For a Restructured Aruba Now or PARA [Urbana LOPEZ]; National Democratic Action or ADN [Pedro Charro KELLY]; New Patriotic Party or PPN [Eddy WERLEMEN]

      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 James L. WILLIAMS
      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

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