Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba

Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba

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The minister plenipotentiary of Aruba (Dutch: Gevolmachtigd Minister van Aruba) represents the constituent country of Aruba in the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba is Edwin Abath. The Minister Plenipotentiary and his cabinet are seated in the "Arubahuis" (Aruba House) in The Hague.

A significant difference between the Netherlands Ministers and the Ministers Plenipotentiary is that the former Ministers are accountable for their politics and policies to the Dutch parliament. The Ministers Plenipotentiary, however, are accountable to their national governments. Therefore, the Ministers Plenipotentiary usually do not resign in the event of a Dutch cabinet crisis.[1]

List of Ministers Plenipotentiary of Aruba

The following table lists the Ministers Plenipotentiary of Aruba that have been in office since Aruba gained its status aparte in 1986:

Name Period Party
Edwin Abath November 1, 2009— AVP
Frido Croes November 8, 2005–October 31, 2009 MEP
Ella Tromp-Yarzagaray October 30, 2001–November 7, 2005 MEP
Mito Croes September 1994–October 30, 2001 AVP
Candelario Wever March 2, 1993–September 1994 MEP
Ella Tromp-Yarzagaray March 8, 1991–March 1, 1993 MEP
R.H. Laclé February 9, 1989–March 7, 1991 MEP
John Merrywater January 10, 1986–February 11, 1989 PPA


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