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Frans Figaroa

Frans Figaroa

The basics
Occupations Politician
Gender male
Birth September 3, 1927
Death October 7, 1993
The details

Francisco Dominico "Frans" Figaroa (3 September 1927 – 7 October 1993) was an Aruban MEP politician. He was chairman of the parliament of the Netherlands Antilles from 1973 until 1979 and lieutenant governor of Aruba from 1979 until 1982.

In 1971 Movimiento Electoral di Pueblo (MEP) was created as a new political party on the island of Aruba. In the 1973 election the MEP gained 5 out of the 8 seats designated to Aruba in the parliament of the Netherlands Antilles, and became the largest party. As such Figaroa was elected chairman of the parliament of the Netherlands Antilles. During his tenure Suriname, another country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, became independent. Figaroa lead the envoy of Netherlands Antilles representatives during the Suriname independence debates in the Dutch House of Representatives. In preparation of these debates Figaroa hosted the chair of the Dutch House of Representatives, Anne Vondeling, and the chair of the parliament of Suriname, Emile Wijntuin, in September 1975, since the Netherlands Antilles was considered a neutral party in these discussions.

From 1979 until 1982 Figaroa was lieutenant governor of Aruba (Dutch: gezaghebber). The lieutenant governor of Aruba was the highest official on the island, and worked together with the governor of the Netherlands Antilles, who was stationed on the island of Curacao. The lieutenant governor was chair of the Island council and lead the islands executive office. He represented Aruba in court, was head of law enforcement, and represented both the Dutch government and the government of the Netherlands Antilles.

Queen Beatrix, together with her husband prince Claus, visited the Netherlands Antilles from 28 October until 8 November 1980, as her first official visit as queen. On 29 October they visited Aruba, where they were received by lieutenant governor Figaroa. The queen opened a library on Aruba and lent her name to the local airport, Queen Beatrix International Airport.

In 1986 Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles and became a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From 1986 until his death in 1993, Figaroa was a member of the newly created Advisory Council of Aruba. This council advises the Aruban government and parliament on cases of law and government.


In 1980 Figaroa was created an officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. The Frans Figaroa sports complex (Papiamento: Centro Deportiva Frans Figaroa) in the city of Noord was named after him. At the sports complex stands a bust of Figaroa. A 6 kilometer part of the highway route 2 on Aruba was named after him, the Caya Frans Figaroa.

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