ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- It's business as usual in Aruba following the June 18 collapse of the Cabinet Eman III coalition governing the island, according to Marcial Ibarra, director, North America, of the Aruba Tourism Authority.

The collapse followed the resignations of Lile Beke-Martinez, minister of tourism, and Glenbert Croes, minister of transportation.

Both were members of the Aruba Liberal Organization party, which along with members of the People's Party, made up the coalition in power since December 1998.

The collapse came as a result of disputes over how quickly to make the island's key tourism ministry a semi-private agency.

Former Prime Minister Henny Eman supported making the tourism ministry a semi-private agency as soon as possible, while Beke-Martinez maintained that the privatization could take up to one year.

A new election will take place on Sept. 28, until which the coalition will remain in office to handle current affairs.

However, no new business initiatives will be implemented.

According to Ibarra, tourists will not be affected by the governmental collapse.

"The outside world won't even notice anything has happened," he said. "It will be business as usual."

Campaigning will take place on the island prior to elections, and according to Ibarra, "the only things tourists may see are public meetings" by campaigners and homes and cars decorated to support the different parties.

The island originally was scheduled for new elections this December.

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