A New Constitution for the Principality of Liechtenstein
Since the end of 1992, prominent figures have been publicly proclaiming that the Constitution of 1921 is outdated. At the spring parliament opening of 1993, Prince Hans-Adam II agreed on behalf of the Princely House to lead talks concerning constitutional amendments. Subsequently, the parliament voted with an overwhelming majority (23 to 2 votes) to appoint a committee that should reach agreement with the Princely House on a constitutional reform.
After several years and with the help of expert legal advice, a new draft constitution was created which found approval of the Princely House, the government and won majority approval from the parliament and its constitutional committee. Since the three quarters majority required for constitutional amendments could not be reached in parliament, the long-standing constitutional dispute could only be settled through a constitutional initiative.
The plebiscite on 16 March 2003 gave the Princely House a two-thirds majority. With a high voter turn-out (87.7 percent), the constitutional initiative of the Princely House was accepted by a 64.3 percent majority.