Liechtenstein rejects call to remove prince's veto
Voters in tiny Liechtenstein have soundly rejected a call to take away
the ruling prince's power to veto referendum results.
Government figures showed 76.1 percent of voters, or 11,629
people, rejected the initiative titled "Yes — So that your vote counts"
in a referendum Sunday. Turnout was 82.9 percent.
Hereditary Prince Alois threatened to use his veto last September to
block a plan to legalize abortion, but a majority voted against the
change. The royal family could have vetoed having its power of veto
Alois rules the Alpine principality
wedged between Switzerland and Austria. His father, Hans-Adam II — who
remains head of state but has passed most of his sweeping powers to
Alois — said the royal family greeted Sunday's result with "joy and
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