Aruba Snap General Elections: June 25, 2021

Aruba’s Parliament building in Orangestad, the capital. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Coolcaesar (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Freedom House Rating

Free (Netherlands)
Government Type
Parliamentary Democracy; part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Snap General Elections
June 25, 2021
General Elections
September 22, 2017

Aruba is holding early general elections on June 25, 2021. Voters will elect all 21 members of the Estates, Aruba’s unicameral parliament. The elections were originally due in September, but will take place early because the government resigned

Political Context

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 was 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.

However, the government resigned over an investigation into embezzlement, and elections will take place in June rather than September, when they were originally due.

Curated News and Analysis

The Daily Herald St. Maarten (April 2, 2021): Aruba elections on June 25

Reuters (March 30, 2021): Aruba prime minister resigns amid investigation, economic collapse

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Updated June 7, 2021

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