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    Aruba Government - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 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 of the Netherlands (since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Olindo KOOLMAN (since 1 January 1992)
      head of government: Prime Minister Nelson O. ODUBER (since 30 October 2001); Deputy Prime Minister Fredis REFUNJOL
      cabinet: Council of Ministers (elected by the Staten)
      election results: Nelson O. ODUBER elected prime minister; percent of legislative vote - NA%
      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 28 September 2001 (next to be held by December 2005)


      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislature or Staten (21 seats; members elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      election results: percent of vote by party - MEP 52.4%, AVP 26.7%, PPA 9.6%, OLA 5.7%, Aliansa 3.5%, other 2.1%; seats by party - MEP 12, AVP 6, PPA 2, OLA 1
      elections: last held 28 September 2001 (next to be held by NA 2005)


      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 Alliance or Aliansa [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 [Jan (Henny) H. EMAN]; Concentration for the Liberation of Aruba or CLA [leader NA]; People's Electoral Movement Party or MEP [Nelson O. ODUBER]; For a Restructured Aruba Now or PARA [Urbana LOPEZ]; 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 Deborah A. BOLTON
      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 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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