Mike Eman

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Mike Eman
Mike Eman.jpg
3rd Prime Minister of Aruba
In office
30 October 2009 – 17 November 2017
GovernorFredis Refunjol
Alfonso Boekhoudt
Preceded byNelson Oduber
Succeeded byEvelyn Wever-Croes
Personal details
Michiel Godfried Eman

1 September 1961
Oranjestad, Aruba
Political partyAruban People's Party
Spouse(s)Doina Neagoy

Michiel Godfried "Mike" Eman (born September 1, 1961) is an Aruban politician[1] and the former Prime Minister of Aruba. His political career began in 2001, but Eman has been involved in politics in one way or another since his childhood. His grandfather, father and brother were all prominent politicians in their time, with Henny Eman having preceded him in service (twice) as Prime Minister of Aruba, including as the first to ever hold the office after Aruba's status aparte in January 1986.

Eman is a graduate of the University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA) earning his law degree in 1992 with a thesis entitled "The Position of the Institution of the Public Prosecutor vis à vis the Minister of Justice in a Small Scale Community." In 1996 he earned a degree in Civil Notary Law from the same university.[citation needed]

From 1992 to 2001, Eman worked as a deputy civil law notary and co-founded several private commercial ventures and foundations for political studies.

He began his formal political career in September 2001 when he appeared 3rd on the list of the AVP. The 2001 elections did not go in favor of the AVP causing the party to lose 4 seats in the parliament. This led to the decision of the AVP leader, Tico Croes, to relinquish his leadership. The leadership was handed over to ex-minister of Justice, Pedro E. (Eddy) Croes. Mike Eman became the vice-president of the party and the leader of the AVP faction in the Parliament of Aruba. In 2003, Eman was elected leader of the AVP. After the 2005 elections, the AVP regained 2 seats, and Eman emerged as the de facto vote-getter of the elections, with more than 12% of the votes to his name.

Eman was sworn in October 30, 2009. His second cabinet was sworn in on 30 October 2013.[2]

In the 2017 general election Eman's AVP lost four of its thirteen seats in the Estates of Aruba, while remaining the largest party. Eman subsequently announced that he would resign the leadership of the AVP and that he would not take up a seat in the new Estates. He also stated that the AVP would become an opposition party.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Eman was born in Oranjestad, Aruba and raised in Rancho City, to Albert (Shon A) Eman, at the time leader of the AVP and his wife Blanche Eman-Harthogh. Mike became the youngest brother of Maria Albertina (Chuchu), Jan Hendrik Albert (Henny), Melva, Godlieb, Siegfried (Ven), Frederik Everhard (Braat), and Albert.


  1. ^ - CV Mike Eman Englishv 2.pdf. Harvard Kennedy School Retrieved 2013-12-17
  2. ^ "Kabinet Mike Eman II beëdigd" (in Dutch). Government of Aruba. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Aruba krijgt coalitie, Eman stapt uit de politiek" (in Dutch). Caribisch Netwerk NTR. 23 September 2017. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017.
  4. ^ Ariën Rasmijn (26 September 2017). "MEP en POR willen stabiel Arubaans kabinet". Caribisch Netwerk NTR. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017.

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