• S. H. Steinberg
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The independence of the valleys of Andorra is of Carolingian origin. Their political status was regulated by the Pareaée of 1278, according to which they were placed under the joint suzerainty of the Comte de Foix and of the Bishop of Urgel. The rights vested in tho house of Foix passed by marriage to that of Beam and, on the accession of llenri IV, to the French crown; they are now exercised by the President of the French Republic. The country consists of gorges, narrow valleys and defiles, surrounded by high mountain peaks of the Eastern Pyrenees. Its maximum length is 17 milei and its width 18 miles; it has an area of 191 square miles and a population of 5,231, scattered in 6 villages. The surface of tho country is rough and irregular, with an altitude varying between 6,562 and 10,171 feet. The country is governed by a Council-General of 24 members elected for 4 years; half of tho council is re-elected every 2 years. The council nominates a First Syndic (Syndic procureur des Vallées) to preside over its deliberations; in the First Syndic is vested tho oxocutivo powor. A Second Syndic is also nominated as deputy of the First Syndic. The judicial power is exercised in civil matters in the first instance by 2 civil judges (Bayles) appointed by France and by the bishop. There is a judge of appeal appointod alternately by each co-prince, and in the third instance a supremo court of Andorra at Perpignan and an ecclesiastical court of the Bishop at Urgel.

Books of Reference

Books of Reference on Andorra

  1. Brutails, La Coutume en Andorre. Paris.Google Scholar
  2. Corts Peyret (J.), Geografìa e Historia de Andorra. Barcelona, 1945.Google Scholar
  3. Herring (R.), The President’s Hat. London, 1926.Google Scholar
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  5. Newman (B.), Round about Andorra. London, 1928.Google Scholar
  6. Piesold (W.), Andorra. Berlin, 1937.Google Scholar
  7. Weilenmann (F.), Die Wahrheit über die Pyrenäenrepublik Andorra. Zurich, 1939.Google Scholar

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