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 Curacao
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Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
Population: 142,000
Capital City: Willemstad
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Government Type Parliamentary democracy
Independence Autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Constitution 10 October 2010 with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2013)
Legal system Based on Dutch civil law system with some English common law influence
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of state: King WILLEM-ALEXANDER of the Netherlands (since 30 April 2013); represented by Governor Lucille GEORGE-WOUT (since 4 November 2013)

Head of government: Prime Minister Ivar ASJES (since 7 June 2013)

Cabinet: Council of Ministers elected by the Governor

Elections: the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is usually elected prime minister by the parliament; next election is scheduled for 2016

Legislative Branch

Unicameral Legislature or Staten (21 seats; members elected by direct popular vote to serve four-year terms)

Elections: last held on 19 October 2012 (next to be held in 2016)

Election results: percent of vote by party - PS 22.6%, MFK 21.2%, PAR 19.7%, PAIS 17.7%, MAN 9.5%, PNP 5.9%, other 3.4%; seats by party - PS 5, MFK 5, PAR 4, PAIS 4, MAN 2, PNP 1

Judicial Branch Common Court of Justice, Joint High Court of Justice (judges appointed by the monarch)
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