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Vatican foreign minister affirms support for Andorra’s form of government

September 14, 2016

The Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States has affirmed the Vatican’s support for Andorra’s unique form of government, in which a bishop serves as co-prince.

Since 1278, the leader of France and the bishop of Urgell, Spain, have been co-princes of Andorra, though in recent decades the nation’s head of government has been elected by parliament.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, while on a visit to Andorra, said that the people of the nation have the right to decide their own form of government and predicted that the institution of the co-principality will last for “many more centuries.”

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