Liechtenstein. In February elections were held for
Parliament, Lantdagen. The governing party of the
Fosterlands Union, VU, was defeated by the Citizens Progress
Party FBP, which increased from 10 to 13 seats and gained
its own majority. VU had been shaken by a series of
financial scandals and backed from 13 to 11 mandates.
remaining mandate went to the environmental party Free List,
which lost one of its previous two seats. Initially, it
leaned for L. to re-establish a coalition government with
the two dominant parties, which was the case in 1938-97. But
in April a pure FBP government was formed, with Otmar Hasler
as the new head of government.