Curacao profile

Head of state: King of the Netherlands, represented by a governor

Prime Minister: Ivar Asjes

Mr Asjes became prime minister in June 2013, raising hopes of an end to months of uncertainty after inconclusive and bitterly-fought parliamentary elections in October 2012.

The pro-independence Sovereign People party of anti-corruption campaigner Helmin Wiels emerged as the joint-largest group, alongside the Movement for the Future of Curacao of outgoing Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte.

An interim government held office while parties tried to form a coalition without Mr Schotte, a process further delayed by the murder of Helmin Wiels in May 2013.

Parliament speaker Ivar Asjes succeeded Mr Wiels as leader and managed to form a coalition with smaller centre-right parties.

His main task is to try to restore investor confidence in Curacao, which has been hit by the political turmoil, poor financial management, and allegations of corruption and cocaine smuggling.

On person was sentenced to life in prison over the killing of Helmin Wiels in 2014, but prosecutors did not disclose the murderer's presumed motive.

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