Prince Antoine IV Invested as New Head of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia
Press Release - January 10, 2014
On January 9th, a meeting of the Regency Council of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia took place in The Chèze, Chourgnac D' Ans, Tourtoirac, France. The meeting was convened by the Prince Regent Felipe de Lavalette - appointed by the late Prince Philippe of Araucania and Patagonia in his political testament - whose main role was to facilitate the transition of power to the new Prince.
During its session, The Regency Council unanimously elected His Excellency Baron Jean -Michel Parasiliti di Para, Duke of San Pedro de Hueyusco and former chairman of the Kingdom, as the successor to the late Prince. He will be leading the Royal House under the name of Prince Antoine IV of Araucania and Patagonia.
HRH Prince Antoine IV of Araucania and Patagonia
The Mapuche Portal of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia warmly congratulates His Excellency on his inauguration, after more than 40 years of service at the Royal House.
This appointment is of great satisfaction to our organisation and we wish him all the best in the difficult tasks that lie ahead for him. It is also a joy to know that his great-grandfather was related to the first ruler of the Kingdom, Orélie - Antoine 1st, and that he was decorated with the Order of the Steel Crown for his services in the 1870s. Furthermore, his grandfather was minister of state during the provisional government of Queen Laure -Thérèse. There is clearly a strong family tradition of supporting the Royal House of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia!
The above mentioned background gives us great confidence for his continued performance, in line with the work of his predecessors. The torch of independence and self-determination, raised by the Mapuche ancestral authorities along with Orélie -Antoine de Tounens, is still well and truly aloft and has been since the foundation of the Kingdom thanks to the dedication of its monarchs. Despite many obstacles, they have continued to promote the cause of freedom for the Mapuche and other indigenous peoples in the Southern Cone of Latin America.
Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia
The Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia was founded on November 17, 1860, by a Constituent Assembly known as Futa Kolloj. This was composed of the authorities of the Mapuche nation and the French lawyer - a naturalized Mapuche - Orélie Antoine de Tounens. The event was attended by over 3000 delegates composed of Mapuche and other indigenous peoples, including representatives of all four territorial jurisdictions. During the assembly, the Constitution was adopted and Orélie Antoine de Tounens was elected as the ruler of the Mapuche Kingdom. Although the invasion by Chile and Argentina occurred, the legality of the Kingdom remains undisputed and continues to function in exile.
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