Latin America & Caribbean

Curacao profile - Leaders

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

Prime Minister: Bernard "Ben" Denzil Whiteman

Bernard "Ben" Denzil Whiteman was appointed interim prime minister in September 2015, following the resignation of Ivar Asjes after Sovereign People party members of parliament withdrew their support for him.

While serving as prime minister, Whiteman will retain the post of minister of public health, environment and nature that he was appointed to in December 2012.

A medical doctor, originally specializing in gynaecology and obstetrics, Whiteman served in various health administration posts in the Netherlands Antilles from 1983 until 1994, when he became director of the Department of Health and Environmental of the Netherlands Antilles.

From 2002 to 2010 he served as director of the Public Health Directorate of the Netherlands Antilles. After the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010 he took up post as Curacao's first inspector general for public health at the health ministry.