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    Netherlands Antilles Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/netherlands_antilles/netherlands_antilles_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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

      Dependency status part of 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

      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 Jaime SALEH (since NA October 1989)
      head of government: Prime Minister Miguel POURIER (since 8 November 1999); Deputy Prime Minister Susanne CAMELIA-ROMER (since NA)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the Staten
      note: government coalition - PDB, DP-St. M, FOL, PLKP, PNP
      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 18 January 2002 (next to be held by NA 2006)
      note: Miguel POURIER became prime minister following the resignation of Susanne CAMELIA-ROMER

      Legislative branch unicameral States or Staten (22 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      note: the government of Prime Minister Miguel POURIER is a coalition of several parties; current seats by party - PAR 4, PNP 3, FOL 2, MAN 2, UPB 2, DP-St. M 2, PDB 1, SEA 1, WIPM 1, other 4
      elections: last held 18 January 2002 (next to be held NA 2006)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - FOL 5, PAR 4, PNP 3, PLKP 2, DP-St.M 2, UPB 2, DP 1, MAN 1, PDB 1, WIPM 1

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

      Political parties and leaders Antillean Restructuring Party or PAR [Miguel POURIER]; C 93 [Stanley BROWN]; Democratic Party of Bonaire or PDB [Jopi ABRAHAM]; Democratic Party of Curacao or DP [Errol HERNANDEZ]; Democratic Party of Sint Eustatius or DP-St. E [Julian WOODLEY]; Democratic Party of Sint Maarten or DP-St. M [Sarah WESCOTT-WILLIAMS]; Foundation Energetic Management Anti-Narcotics or FAME [Eric LODEWIJKS]; Labor Party People's Crusade or PLKP [Errol COVA]; National People's Party or PNP [Susanne F. C. CAMELIA-ROMER]; New Antilles Movement or MAN [Kenneth GIJSBERTHA]; Patriotic Union of Bonaire or UPB [Ramon BOOI]; Patriotic Movement of Sint Maarten or SPA [Vance JAMES, Jr.]; People's Party or PAPU [Richard Hodi]; Pro Curacao Party or PPK [Winston LOURENS]; Saba Democratic Labor Movement [Steve HASSELL]; Saba Unity Party [Carmen SIMMONDS]; St. Eustatius Alliance or SEA [Kenneth VAN PUTTEN]; Serious Alternative People's Party or Sapp [Julian ROLLOCKS]; Social Action Cause or KAS [Benny DEMEI]; Windward Islands People's Movement or WIPM [Will JOHNSTON]; Workers' Liberation Front or FOL [Anthony GODETT, Rignald LAK, Editha WRIGHT]
      note: political parties are indigenous to each island

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

      International organization participation Caricom (observer), CCC, ECLAC (associate), Interpol, IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU, WCL, 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 Deborah A. BOLTON
      consulate(s) general: J. B. Gorsiraweg #1, Willemstad AN, 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 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Netherlands Antilles Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Antilles Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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