Politics of Liechtenstein

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Politics of Liechtenstein takes place in a framework of a multi-party parliamentary representative democratic monarchy, whereby the Prince is head of state and the Prime Minister is the head of government, though considerable powers are still exercised by the Prince directly. The Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Diet. The party system is dominated by the conservative Progressive Citizens' Party and the conservative Fatherland Union. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

On 15 August 2002, in his National Day Address, Prince Hans-Adam II announced that after months of intensive negotiations, a compromise in the debate on constitutional reform had been reached. On 13 September, Prime Minister Otmar Hasler confirmed to Parliament that his government was drafting a bill for Parliament based on the compromise reached between the Prince and the Citizens' Forum. The draft bill, which would increase the executive powers of the monarch, went before Parliament for a first reading in November. Once approved by Parliament, the bill was then presented to voters in a referendum,[1] and approved by 64% of those voting in 16 March 2003.

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