Mike Eman

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Mike Eman
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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 "Mycaruba" Eman (born September 1, 1961) is an Aruban politician,[1] who served as the 3rd Prime Minister of Aruba from 2009 to 2017. 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 lifetimes, with Henny Eman having preceded him in office (twice) as Prime Minister, including as the first to hold the office after Aruba's status aparte in 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 position. The leadership was handed over to the former minister of Justice, Pedro E. (Eddy) Croes. Mike Eman became the party's VP and the minority whip leader in parliament. subsequently Eman was elected party leader in 2003. After the 2009 elections, the AVP regained 2 seats, and Eman's part became thus the majority party in parliament.

Eman first cabinet was sworn in October 30, 2009, following his party's decisive victory in the 2013 election; his second cabinet was sworn in on 30 October 2013.[2]

following the 2017 general election Eman's party lost its majority in the Estates of Aruba. Eman subsequently announced that he would resign as party leader and that he would not take a seat in the upcoming parliament.[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.

Eman is Jewish and plays an active role in the Jewish community and has worked to promote the presence of Chabad in Aruba.[5][6] His mother was Jewish and his father was Protestant.[7]


  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.
  5. ^ "Aruban P.M. Welcomes Future Rabbis to Caribbean". Chabad. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  6. ^ "Aruba's Prime Minister Visits Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters". Chabad. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  7. ^ "Prime Minister Mike Eman (Aruba) about Jewish heritage". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-04-15.

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