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    Aruba Government - 1991

      Long-form name: none

      Type: part of the Dutch realm--full autonomy in internal affairs obtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles

      Capital: Oranjestad

      Administrative divisions: none (self-governing part of the Netherlands)

      Independence: none (part of the Dutch realm); note--in 1990 Aruba requested and received from the Netherlands cancellation of the agreement to automatically give independence to the island in 1996

      Constitution: 1 January 1986

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

      National holiday: Flag Day, 18 March

      Executive branch: Dutch monarch, governor, prime minister, Council of Ministers (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: unicameral legislature (Staten)

      Judicial branch: Joint High Court of Justice

      Leaders: Chief of State--Queen BEATRIX Wilhelmina Armgard (since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Felipe B. TROMP (since 1 January 1986); Head of Government--Prime Minister Nelson ODUBER (since NA February 1989)

      Political parties and leaders: Electoral Movement Party (MEP), Nelson ODUBER; Aruban People's Party (AVP), Henny EMAN; National Democratic Action (ADN), Pedro Charro KELLY; New Patriotic Party (PPN), Eddy WERLEMEN; Aruban Patriotic Party (PPA), Leo CHANCE; Aruban Democratic Party (PDA), Leo BERLINSKI; Democratic Action '86 (AD'86), Arturo ODUBER; governing coalition includes the MEP, PPA, and ADN

      Suffrage: universal at age 18

      Elections: Legislature--last held 6 January 1989 (next to be held by January 1993); results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(21 total) MEP 10, AVP 8, ADN 1, PPN 1, PPA 1

      Member of: ECLAC (associate), INTERPOL, IOC, UNESCO (associate), WCL, WTO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation: none (self-governing part of the Netherlands)

      Flag: 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 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Aruba Government 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Government 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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