Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba

Plate on the Arubahuis in The Hague in the Netherlands in 2011
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The Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba (Dutch: Gevolmachtigde 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 Alfonso Boekhoudt. 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, which is the Estates of Aruba in case of Aruba. 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
John MerrywaterJanuary 10, 1986–February 11, 1989PPA
R.H. LacléFebruary 9, 1989–March 7, 1991MEP
Ella Tromp-YarzagarayMarch 8, 1991–March 1, 1993MEP
Candelario WeverMarch 2, 1993–September 1994MEP
Mito CroesSeptember 1994–October 30, 2001AVP
Ella Tromp-YarzagarayOctober 30, 2001–November 7, 2005MEP
Frido CroesNovember 8, 2005–October 31, 2009 MEP
Edwin AbathNovember 1, 2009-November 13, 2013 AVP
Alfonso BoekhoudtNovember 14, 2013 AVP


  1. "Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles: Political relations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands". Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties. Archived from the original on 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2007-10-13.

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