2 Jul 2012

Monarch's powers upheld by Liechtenstein

7:38 am on 2 July 2012

The people of the Alpine principality of Liechtenstein have voted to maintain the powers of its governing monarch.

Almost uniquely in Europe, the prince has the right to dismiss the government and veto legislation.

The BBC reports the need for a referendum arose after Crown Prince Alois, who acts as regent for his father, threatened to veto the relaxation of a strict ban on abortion.