Liechtenstein backs its prince

Voters in Liechtenstein have soundly rejected a call to take away the ruling prince’s power to veto referendum results.

Government figures showed that 76.1 per cent of voters, or 11,629 people, rejected the initiative titled “Yes – So that your vote counts” in a referendum yesterday.

Hereditary Prince Alois threatened to use his veto in September to block a plan to legalise abortion, but a majority voted against the change. The royal family could have vetoed having its power of veto voted down.

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That would have made Alois the first prince to use his veto since his grandfather.