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The referendum on stripping His Serene Highness of the power to veto laws passed by referenda failed 76.1% to 23.9%! 82.9% of eligible voters turned out. Pretty decisive!
'Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.' C.S. Lewis God save Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, etc.! Vive le Très haut, très puissant et très excellent Prince, Louis XX, Par la grâce de Dieu, Roi de France et de Navarre, Roi Très-chrétien!

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Whew!  I will be honest, I did not like the ultimatum given by H.S.H. that he would leave if the referendum didn't go his way.  Abdications, even threats of abdication do not go over well with me.  I strongly believe that the institution must be preserved at all costs.

That said I'm glad it went well.

The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

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"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)

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Voters seem inherently conservative on constitutional matters (or apathetic, otherwise loathe to change the status quo), alas, this is not an exclusively Liechtenstein phenomenon.

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I think people ought to be conservative and loath to change the status quo on constitutional matters. Not apathetic, though, and the very good turnout indicates that the voters here were not. I too am glad of the result.

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Excellent news!  Too bad, however, that people are also conservative once a republic is in place and usually don't favor a restoration.
"For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." - Anatole France

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Wonderful news! This is even a more decisive monarchist victory than in 2003 (when 64.7% voted in favor of the princely initiative and 35.3% against it). Long live the Principality of Liechtenstein!

BTW, in 2003 the people voted for a change of the constitution... They gave the Prince more power, but this was still a change of what was then status quo.
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