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Netherlands Antilles


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Netherlands Antilles

        local long form:
        none

        local short form:
        Nederlandse Antillen

    • Digraph:
      NT

    • Type:
      part of the Dutch realm; full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954

    • Capital:
      Willemstad

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (part of the Dutch realm)

    • Independence:
      none (part of the Dutch realm)

    • National holiday:
      Queen's Day, 30 April (1938)

    • 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 Wilhelmina Armgard (since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Jaime SALEH (since NA October 1989)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Miguel POURIER (since 25 February 1994)

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; appointed with the advice and approval of the unicameral legislature

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        Staten:
        elections last held on 25 February 1994 (next to be held March 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (23 total) PAR 8, PNP 3, SPA 2, PDB 2, UPB 1, MAN 2, DP 1, WIPM 1, DP-St.E 1, DP-St.M 1, Nos Patria 1

        note:
        the government of Prime Minister Miguel POURIER is a coalition of several parties

    • Judicial branch:
      Joint High Court of Justice

    • Political parties and leaders:
      political parties are indigenous to each island

        Bonaire:
        Patriotic Union of Bonaire (UPB), Rudy ELLIS; Democratic Party of Bonaire (PDB), Franklin CRESTIAN

        Curacao:
        Antillean Restructuring Party (PAR), Miguel POURIER; National People's Party (PNP), Maria LIBERIA-PETERS; New Antilles Movement (MAN), Domenico Felip Don MARTINA; Workers' Liberation Front (FOL), Wilson (Papa) GODETT; Socialist Independent (SI), George HUECK and Nelson MONTE; Democratic Party of Curacao (DP), Augustin DIAZ; Nos Patria, Chin BEHILIA

        Saba:
        Windward Islands People's Movement (WIPM Saba), Will JOHNSON; Saba Democratic Labor Movement, Vernon HASSELL; Saba Unity Party, Carmen SIMMONDS

        Sint Eustatius:
        Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius (DP-St.E), K. Van PUTTEN; Windward Islands People's Movement (WIPM); St. Eustatius Alliance (SEA), Ralph BERKEL

        Sint Maarten:
        Democratic Party of Sint Maarten (DP-St.M), Claude WATHEY; Patriotic Movement of Sint Maarten (SPA), Vance JAMES

    • Member of:
      CARICOM (observer), ECLAC (associate), ICFTU, INTERPOL, IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU, WMO, WTO (associate)

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

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Consul General Bernard J. WOERZ

        consulate(s) general:
        Saint Anna Boulevard 19, Willemstad, Curacao

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box 158, Willemstad, Curacao

        telephone:
        [599] (9) 61-3066

        FAX:
        [599] (9) 61-6489

    • Flag:
      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


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