Sunday, March 14, 2010

On March 14

On this day in ...
... 1993, "ending a system of government that had been in effect since the 13th century," voters approved the 1st-ever Constitution of Andorra (flag at left) by a 3-to-1 margin. "Every one of the country's 9,123 eligible voters cast ballots," The New York Times reported. About half the size of New York City, Andorra's situated in the Pyrenees Mountain and sandwiched between Spain and France. The Constitution established a new head of government -- an Executive Council -- and set "clear distinctions" among that body and the legislative and judicial branches of government. But in the post-Constitution "parliamentary co-principality," the heads of state remained as they have been for 7 centuries -- 2 "co-princes," France's President and Spain's Bishop of Seu d'Urgell.

(Prior March 14 posts are here, here, and here)

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