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Mike Eman

Incumbent
Assumed office 
October 30, 2009
Monarch Queen Beatrix
Preceded by Nelson Oduber

In office
October, 2001 – October 29, 2009

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

Michiel Godfried Eman (born September 1, 1961) is an Aruban politician who is the 5th Prime Minister of Aruba and the current leader of the Aruban People's Party (AVP) (Arubaanse Volkspartij/Partido di Pueblo Arubano), which holds the new majority in the Aruban Estates as a result of the seventh Aruban General Elections held on 25 September 2009. 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.

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.

From 1992 to 2001, Eman worked as a 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, Mike Eman was elected leader of the AVP. After the 2005 elections, the AVP regained 2 seats and Eman emerged as the defacto vote getter of the elections with more than 12% of the votes to his name.

Eman was sworn in October 30, 2009.

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Early life and career

Michiel Godfried Eman was born in the “San Pedro de Verona” in Oranjestad, Aruba, 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.

From an early age Mike would watch his father working hard to achieve the aspirations of his community. Shon A would carry his youngest son Mike along with him throughout the neighborhoods of Aruba, where he spoke passionately about the struggle to separate from the Netherlands Antilles, while maintaining relations with the Netherlands.

1967, was an unexpected year for the 5 year old boy. Shon A, his father dies of an heart attack at the age of 50. Mike was too young to lose his father, a father who had become his hero. His family was left in a vulnerable position. His mother Blanche was left with 8 children to feed and cloth. But as always the family rose to the challenge and with help of friends and neighbors the family pulled together and carried on.

The young Mike loved to spend hours going through the papers of his late father. He became captivated by his fathers work and politics became his life. As a young boy, Mike was active in politics. He helped distribute AVP posters and flyers in the neighborhood and as he grew up took a more formal approach in the different events of the Aruba People’s Party or the AVP, the party founded by his grandfather, J.H.A. (Henny) Eman (August 7 1887 – October 17 1957).

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The AVP After Shon A

After his father died, the situation of the AVP party steadily declined due to disagreements between the new leadership. The disputes caused a divergence in the vision for the future of the AVP without their energetic leader Shon A Eman. After a long dispute the party split and the MEP (Movimiento Electoral di Pueblo) was born after G.F. (Betico) Croes decided to establish his own party. Betico Croes who considered Mike’s father, Shon A, his mentor, regularly used his picture during rallies and even in his office.

The disputes after the death of Shon A brought the AVP in the worst period in its history. Finally, in 1977, Mike’s brother, Henny, accepted the challenge to revive the ailing party. It was a collective effort of all the Eman siblings, who felt that they could not permit the party their grandfather established and their father lead, ceasing to exist.

Although Mike was only 16 years old at the time, he took a lead position in the revitalization effort and began to work arduously to put the party back on its feet.

At the same time the brothers and sisters were working on the restoration of the party, Mike joined his older brothers Henny, Albert and Godlieb in creating a family business: EMCO.

The revitalization period of the AVP, started in 1977 and in 1986 the AVP lead a coalition into government: the first government of Aruba as a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Status Aparte, an Aruba outside the Netherlands Antilles, but within the Kingdom of the Netherlands was Mike’s father life’s dream. But there were serious challenges ahead: the LAGO refinery, an important source of income for the island was, announced that the company was ceasing operations just one year earlier.

Mike accepted a position working as the right-hand man of his brother and simultaneously as his press-secretary.

The closing of the LAGO refinery meant disaster in the eyes of most politicians on the island. The AVP team, instead of focusing on the negative impact of the situation, chose to create a momentum for a new future for the island: The “Plan di Rescate” (Rescue Plan) for Aruba was introduced. It was Mike’s ability for communicating the specifics of the plan to the public which was one of the cornerstones of the implementation of the “Plan di Rescate”. Within three short years in office the AVP team had rescued Aruba from unprecedented unemployment and certain economic demise. In 1986 unemployment was nearly 40% and after three years it was reduced to practically zero. Aruba had begun its trajectory to becoming one of the most successful tourist destinations in the world.

Between the Eman I and II governments (from 1989 to 1994), Mike decided to finish his law degree. Event though he could not longer work directly by his brother’s side, he continued to support him. After obtaining his law degree, he continued his studies in Civil Notary Law and as a Notary Candidate he began to work with his older sister, Notary Maria Albertina “Chuc hu” Eman.

Mike’s fascination with communications set off a new project: a television station. Together with some friends, ATV was launched into the air in 1995.

In 1999, his brother Henny decided to retire from politics. Mike gave an emotional speech at the 1999 party congress. Watty Vos, one of the great political figures within the party and Aruba, called Mike to the stage during the congress and in his eloquent introduction said, “Mike is a friend of everyone , not only does he work tirelessly for his brother Henny, but at any time that any of us ever needed his help, we could always knock at Mike’s door.”

In 2001 Mike was invited by the succeeding leader of the AVP, Dr. Tico Croes and the minister of Justice Eddy Croes, to participate as a candidate on the AVP list.

Political Career: 2001 - 2005

The 2001 elections did not go well for the AVP party, due to several facts. One of them being the absence of several key figures within the party. Henny, his brother and long time AVP leader decided to retire and the death of the loved and well respected Watty Vos left voids difficult to fill immediately.

In view of the fact that the party lost 4 seats during the 2001 election, Dr. Tico Croes decided to step down as leader of the AVP. Ex-Minister of Justice, Pedro (Eddy) Croes, took over the leadership until another leader was elected. In 2003 during leadership elections within the AVP, Mike was elected by a landslide as the new leader of the AVP: The party his grandfather founded, his father lead and his brother revived. It was now Mike’s responsibility to lead the party into the future.

One of the first tasks Mike took upon his shoulders was to examine the internals of the party. Revive the basis of the party, the institutions on which the professionalism and visionary posture of the party rested. FESCA, the scientific institution of the party was revitalized with new blood and later the Fundacion Digna Laclé was founded. The latter was a training institute to prepare aspiring and current politicians for the difficult tasks ahead. The period was defined by the slogan “Scucha, Pensa y Trece Cambio” (Listen, Think and Bring on the Change). The advancement and strengthening of international political relations was also a priority under Mike’s tenure as the AVP’s leader. He started communications and interactions with other political parties in the Netherlands Antilles and especially the Netherlands. The relations with CDA, the Christian Democratic party of the Netherlands, led to a close working relationship and also led to direct collaboration and assistance between the scientific institutions of the parties. Connections in the ODCA Christian Democrat Organization of America were improved. In 2008 Mike was elected as boardmember of the ODCA and vice-president of the International Centrist Democrats with special responsibility for Caribbean affairs.

In 2004, together with his colleague Benny Sevinger, Mike embarked on a mission that would define future relations in the kingdom of the Netherlands and also make history. With the expertise of Antonito Giordano Croes, better known as Mito Croes the pair started a process which would lead the kingdom of the Netherlands to revise the its electoral rules and laws. Mike Eman and Benny Sevinger registered to vote in the Hague for the upcoming European Elections of 2004. The pair was denied access and permission to participate and with the help of constitutional law expert, Mito Croes, they started a process that would lead the three Arubans to the highest courts and legal institutions in the Netherlands and Europe.

Going into the 2005 elections, the AVP had 6 seats in the parliament of Aruba and was the largest opposition party, with Eman becoming the Parliamentary Opposition Leader. The results of the elections were truly positive for the party and consolidated the position of the party with an additional 2 seats. The stage was set now for a stronger and more effective opposition. This election was very important for the young politician. Mike Eman emerged as the de facto vote getter of the island nation. With 6188 votes (more than 12% of the total votes) the youngest son of Shon A and Blanche Eman had by far the most personal votes of any politician in modern times. He surpassed Nel Oduber, the then prime minister of the MEP by almost two thousand votes.

2009 General Elections

In the seventh General Election for the Estates, held across Aruba on 25 September 2009, the AVP, led by Mike Eman, claimed 48% of the vote and twelve seats in the Estates giving the Aruban People's Party a clear Parliamentary majority and placing Eman in line to become the 5th Prime Minister of Aruba.

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