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    Aruba Government 1995

      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form:
      Digraph: AA
      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; 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 (since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Olindo KOOLMAN (since 1 January 1992)
      head of government: Prime Minister Nelson ODUBER (since 6 February 1989)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers; appointed with the advice and approval of the legislature

      Legislative branch: unicameral
      Legislature (Staten): elections last held 8 January 1993 (next to be held by NA January 1997); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (21 total) MEP 9, AVP 8, ADN 1, PPA 1, OLA 1, other 1

      Judicial branch: Joint High Court of Justice

      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), Benny NISBET; Aruban Democratic Party (PDA), Leo BERLINSKI; Democratic Action '86 (AD '86), Arturo ODUBER; Organization for Aruban Liberty (OLA), Glenbert CROES
      note: governing coalition includes the MEP, PPA, and ADN
      Member of: ECLAC (associate), INTERPOL, IOC, UNESCO (associate), WCL, WTO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation in US: none (self-governing part of the Netherlands)
      US 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 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Aruba Government 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Government 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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