After the Franco-Prussian War the legislative power was given to the German Imperial Parliament and the executive power to the Emperor. In Oct 74 a state council was set up with advisory powers. From 1877 the Emperor might enact laws for Alsace-Lorraine if the German Bundesrath (upper house) and the state council agreed on them, without the consent of the German Reichstag (lower house). The Reichstag still had to give consent to any amendment of its own previous laws. From 4 July 79 the state council might initiate legislation. A Statthalter was appointed to exercise the powers of the Imperial government. He governed through a cabinet of secretaries of state and 4 departmental heads. The cabinet countersigned the Emperor’s acts and was assisted by an advisory council of state.
KeywordsState Council Lower House Executive Power Electoral District Legislative Power
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