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    Netherlands Antilles Government - 2006
    https://theodora.com/wfbcurrent/netherlands_antilles/netherlands_antilles_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Netherlands Antilles
      local long form: none
      local short form: Nederlandse Antillen
      former: Curacao and Dependencies

      Dependency status:
      an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs

      Government type:
      parliamentary

      Capital:
      Willemstad; note - located on Curacao, the largest of the islands

      Administrative divisions:
      none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
      note: each island has its own government

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

      National holiday:
      Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April

      Constitution:
      29 December 1954, Statute of the Realm of the Netherlands, as amended

      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 Frits GOEDGEDRAG (since 1 July 2002)
      head of government: Prime Minister Emily de JONGH-ELHAGE (since 26 March 2006)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the Staten (legislature)
      elections: the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch for a six-year term; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is usually elected prime minister by the Staten; election last held 27 January 2006 (next to be held by 2007)
      note: government coalition - PAR, PNP, DP St. Maarten, UP Bonaire, WIPM Saba, DP Statia

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral States or Staten (22 seats - Curacao 14, Bonaire 3, St. Maarten 3, St. Eustatius 1, Saba 1; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 27 January 2006 (next to be held in 2010)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PAR 5, MAN 3, FOL 2, Forsa Korsou 2, National Alliance 2, PNP 2, UPB 2, DP St. E 1, DP St. M 1, BDP 1, WIPM 1
      note: the government of Prime Minister Emily de JONGH-ELHAGE is a coalition of several parties

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

      Political parties and leaders:
      Bonaire: Democratic Party of Bonaire or PDB [Jopi ABRAHAM]; Patriotic Union of Bonaire or UPB [Ramonsito BOOI]
      Curacao: Ban Vota [Norbert GEORGE]; C-93 [Stanley BROWN]; Democratic Party of Curacao or DP [Errol HERNANDEZ]; E Mayoria [Aurelio PEDRO]; Forsa Korsou [Nelson NAVARRO]; Liste Ni'un Paso Atras [Nelson PIERRE]; Movemiento Patriotiko Korsou [Reginald LAK]; New Antilles Movement or MAN [Charles COOPER]; Partido Akshon Pa Prosperidat I Seguridat [Sonja BERKEMEYER]; Partido Laboral Krusada Popular or PLKP [Errol COVA]; Party for the Restructured Antilles or PAR [Emily de JONGH-ELHAGE]; People's National Party or PNP [Ersilia DE LANNOOY]; Pidjin [Jasmin PINEDO]; Pueblo Soberano [Herman WIELS]; Workers' Liberation Front or FOL [Anthony GODETT]
      Saba: Saba Labor Party [Akilah LEVENSTONE]; Windward Islands People's Movement or WIPM [Ray HASSELL]
      Sint Eustatius: Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius or DP-St. E [Julian WOODLEY]; Progressive Labor Party [Clyde VAN PUTTEN]; St. Eustatius Alliance [Ingrid HOUTMAN-WHITFIELD]
      Sint Maarten: Democratic Party of Sint Maarten or DP-St. M [Sarah WESCOTT-WILLIAMS]; Freedom Slate of National Democratic Party [Theophilus PRIEST]; National Alliance or NA [William MARLIN]; People's Progressive Alliance or PPA [Gracita ARRINDELL]; St. Maarten People's Party [Johan LEONARD]; United People's Labor Party [Bienvenido RICHARDSON]
      note: political parties are indigenous to each island

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Unions (AVBO) and Employers Association (VBC)

      International organization participation:
      ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU, WCL, WCO, WMO, WToO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      none (represented by the Kingdom of the Netherlands); note - Mr. Jeffrey CORRION, Minister Plenipotentiary for Aruba at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Consul General Robert E. SORENSON
      consulate(s) general: J. B. Gorsiraweg #1, Willemstad, Curacao
      mailing address: P. O. Box 158, Willemstad, Curacao
      telephone: [599] (9) 4613066
      FAX: [599] (9) 4616489

      Flag description:
      white, with a horizontal blue stripe in the center superimposed on a vertical red band, also centered; five white, five-pointed stars are arranged in an oval pattern in the center of the blue band; the five stars represent the five main islands of Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten


      NOTE: The information regarding Netherlands Antilles on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Netherlands Antilles Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Antilles Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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