Austria is a democratic, federal republic governed according to
the constitution of 1920, as amended in 1929 and subsequently modified.
Like the constitutions of many other Western democracies, the constitution
of Austria provides for a distinct division of power among the executive,
the legislative, and the judicial branches of government.
the origins of 1862 and 1867 guarantee basic human rights and liberties;
the rights of minorities are also guaranteed by the constitution.