Michiel Godfried "Mike" Eman
Michiel Godfried "Mike" Eman (born 1 September 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.
Early life and education
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 favour 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 30 October 2009.