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Pillersdorf Constitution, first Austrian constitution, intended only for the "hereditary lands", published ("imposed") on April 25, 1848, did not apply to Hungary and the Italian territories. A bicameral system represented the people: the upper house composed of landowners and members appointed by the Emperor, the lower house elected by indirect vote, the franchise being limited to holders of property. The Emperor had a right to veto the resolutions of this parliament. The Pillersdorf Constitution was rejected by the liberals as undemocratic and after the "Sturmpetition" ("storm petition") presented by the National Guards, workers and students in Vienna it was declared provisional by imperial proclamation on May 16 (promising universal and equal suffrage) and completely revoked in July.