Liechtenstein royals rejects plan to remove veto

AP News
Posted: Feb 10, 2012 5:08 AM
Liechtenstein royals rejects plan to remove veto

Liechtenstein's royal family has indicated it would veto the results of any referendum that removed the prince's power to veto the results of referendums.

Pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Alpine principality announced this week that they will seek signatures for a referendum on whether to remove the power of veto.

The royal family said in a statement on its website late Thursday that it was "astonished" by the move.

It says it already rejected a similar proposal in 2003.

Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein last threatend to use his veto in September to block a plan to legalize abortion.

In the end his veto wasn't required as a majority of Liechtensteiners voted against the law change.