Aruba’s Parliament building in Orangestad, the capital. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Coolcaesar (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Parliamentary Democracy; part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
September 22, 2017
Aruba is due to hold general elections in September 2021. Voters will elect all 21 members of the Estates, Aruba’s unicameral parliament.
Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has full autonomy over internal affairs, while the Dutch government handles foreign and defense policy. Following Aruba’s 2017 elections, the governing coalition is led by the social democratic People’s Electoral Movement (MEP) party. The main opposition is the center-right Aruban People’s Party (AVP), which holds nine of the 21 seats in the Estates.
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Updated October 20, 2020