Presidential Republics and Parliamentary Democracies



ah government if you are living anywhere in this vicinity you are most likely living under one sorry anarchists there are many different principles for government to be based on military force divine right the distribution of magical swords but it looks like democracy is our choice at least until our reptilian Illuminati overlords choose to usher in the New World Order and though there are as many variations on democracy as there are countries of practicing they tend to fall under one of two systems and bread we have presidents republics which pretty much dominate former colonies in the Americas and sub-saharan Africa and in blue we have parliamentary democracies mostly in Western Europe and everywhere the British brought their sheep and oh so tasty cuisine we also have these monstrosities known as semi-presidential systems popular in places like France and Russia which we will look at some other time with presidential parliamentary systems have multi branch governments containing a legislative branch that makes the laws an executive branch that enforces them and a judiciary branch to interpret them in a presidential system the lines that separate these branches are solid and well-defined while in a parliamentary system they tend to be a bit blurred so who receives a disproportionate amount of attention in these systems the executive who is the executive and presidential systems it is as the name suggests the president and a parliamentary system there are two a prime minister and if the country is a monarchy than the other executive position is filled by king or queen or in the case of Commonwealth nations a governor-general however it this country does not have a monarch then the other executive position is usually a president a president and a parliamentary system and one in a presidential system are very different in a presidential system a president holds most of the powers while in parliamentary systems a president's role is mostly ceremonial however they often possess reserve powers in case the Prime Minister really screws up in a parliamentary system it is the Prime Minister who holds executive power in this system the Prime Minister is thought of as the head of government while the president or other executive was thought of as head of state how are these offices selected word up to meet it would be trial by combat but instead we are stuck with the barbarity that is the democratic process a prime minister is usually selected by a majority coalition in Parliament and although they are not required to be a member of parliament at the time of their selection they are expected to seek a seat at their earliest convenience they can also be removed from their position by a vote of no-confidence that they do not have support of parliament a president on the other hand is usually elected outside national legislature and can only be removed from office through an impeachment process which is much more involved in a vote of no-confidence because you're not just demoting them back to the legislature but putting them on trial executives are not all-knowing and so they have people who help them in decision making an administrative tasks and the Western world we call these cabinets no not those cabinets these cabinets so then how our cabinets elected in a presidential system the president is allowed to choose any citizen they want to be in the cabinet however their choice must be approved by the legislature so it is probably best for him or her to pick people with experience of the position they are being nominated for similarly in a parliamentary system the Prime Minister can pick any citizen to be a cabinet minister though just like the Prime Minister they are expected to seek a seat in parliament at the earliest convenience are we done yet not quite the last major difference has to do with elections and a presidential system elections have a set date that can be projected infinitely into the future assuming of course of no major changes in law or collapse of civilization in a parliamentary system elections can be a bit more sporadic being held at the whim of the Prime Minister with consultation from the monarch or other executive so which one is better will answer that next time

14 thoughts on “Presidential Republics and Parliamentary Democracies

  • The Queen technically Doesn't pick the GG, The PM sends a letter to the Queen with a list of names, usually 3, the first name being the one the PM wants and the Queen Must take the advice of her Ministers. In Australia anyway.

  • What do you mean by the leans between the branches of a parliamentary system are blurred? Also, is the role of a Governor General purely ceremonial and symbolic like the queen of England? And how are the Governor General selected

  • Not all COMMONWEALTH NATIONS have GOVERNOR-GENERALS !! Only COMMONWEALTH REALMS have GOVERNOR-GENERALS !!
    Ex- 1) CANADA is a COMMONWEALTH REALM , so it have a GOVERNOR-GENERAL appointed by the BRITISH MONARCH ( QUEEN ELIZABETH II ).
    2) INDIA is part of COMMONWEALTH but it isn't part of COMMONWEALTH REALMS , so it haven't a GOVERNOR-GENERAL and instead have a CEREMONIAL PRESIDENT !!

  • When you talk about a parliamentary system, you seem to assume that all parliamentary democracies are like the UK. In Sweden for example we have set elections every 4 years

  • So what would happen if the Prime Minister did not win their seat in parliament? Even though they’re the head of their party, would someone else have to be chosen as the PM? Or would the party choose to move the PM from district to district until they won a seat?

  • I think Poland and the Czech Republic are semi Presidential systems as their presidents are quite influential and have veto power (and they are not afraid to use it)

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