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Netherlands Antilles Government

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Netherlands Antilles: Government

Country name
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Netherlands Antilles
local long form: none
local short form: Nederlandse Antillen
Data code
NT
Dependency status
part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full
autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954
Government type
parliamentary
Capital
Willemstad
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, 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 of the Netherlands
(since 30 April 1980), represented by Governor General Jaime SALEH
(since NA October 1989)
head of government: Prime Minister Miguel POURIER (since 8 November
1999)
cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the Staten
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 30 January 1998 (next to be held by NA
2002)
election results: Miguel POURIER elected prime minister; percent of
legislative vote - NA
note: government coalition - PDB, DP-St. M, FOL, PLKP, PNP
Legislative branch
unicameral States or Staten (22 seats; members are
elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 30 January 1998 (next to be held by NA 2002)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PAR
4, PNP 3, SPA 1, PDB 2, UPB 1, MAN 2, PLKP 3, WIPM 1, SEA 1, DP-St. M
2, FOL 2; no party won enough seats to form a government
note: the government of Prime Minister Miguel POURIER is a coalition
of several parties
Judicial branch
Joint High Court of Justice, judges appointed by the
monarch
Political parties and leaders
Antillean Restructuring Party or PAR
; C 93 ; Democratic Party of Bonaire or
PDB ; Democratic Party of Curacao or DP [Ephraim
JONCKHEER]; Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius or DP-St. E [Julian
WOODLEY]; Democratic Party of Sint Maarten or DP-St. M [Sarah
WESTCOTT-WILLIAMS]; Foundation Energetic Management Anti-Narcotics or
FAME ; Labor Party People's Crusade or PLKP [Errol
COVA]; National People's Party or PNP ; New Antilles
Movement or MAN ; Nos Patria [Chin
BEHILIA]; Patriotic Movement of Sint Maarten or SPA ;
Patriotic Union of Bonaire or UPB ; People's Party or PAPU
; Pro Curacao Party or PPK ; Saba
Democratic Labor Movement ; Saba Unity Party [Carmen
SIMMONDS]; St. Eustatius Alliance or SEA ; Serious
Alternative People's Party or SAPP ; Social Action
Cause or KAS ; Socialist Independent or SI [George
HUECK]; Windward Islands People's Movement or WIPM ;
Workers' Liberation Front or FOL 
note: political parties are indigenous to each island
International organization participation
Caricom (observer), ECLAC
(associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU, WMO, 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 Barbara J. STEPHENSON
consulate(s) general: J. B. Gorsiraweg #1, Curacao
mailing address: P. O. Box 158, Willemstad, Curacao
telephone:  (9) 4613066
FAX:  (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
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