Liechtenstein. According to
Countryaah, Prime Minister Mario Frick and his party
won the earlier parliamentary elections, which were held in
two rounds around the end of January/February. The
election did not give rise to any major changes in the
composition of Parliament (Landtag). The Fricks Party of the
Vaterländische Union (VU) received 13 of the 25 seats.
Despite its own majority, VU immediately after the election
began to negotiate with the Fortschrittliche Bürgerpartei
Liechtenstein (FBPL) to continue the coalition that has been
in power since 1938.
However, the coalition idea exploded already in March
when the FBPL Congress decided that the party would leave
the coalition. FBPL leader Norbert Seeger explained that
this step has been taken to gain a more effective opposition
and to better profile the party. Independent observers
believed that the political differences between the parties
were small and that the real reason for the coalition
cracking was contradictions between party leaders Norbert
Seeger and Oswald Kranz.
On April 9, a new government was appointed whose members,
five in number, all came from VU. In addition to the Prime
Minister's post, Mario Frick was also appointed Finance