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Parliamentary republic

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Systems of government
Republican forms of government:
  Presidential republics with an executive presidency separate from the legislature
  Semi-presidential system with both an executive presidency and a separate head of government that leads the rest of the executive, who is appointed by the president and accountable to the legislature
  Parliamentary republics with a ceremonial and non-executive president, where a separate head of government leads the executive and is dependent on the confidence of the legislature
  Republics in which a combined head or directory of state and government is elected by, or nominated by, the legislature and may or may not be subject to parliamentary confidence

Monarchical forms of government:
  Constitutional monarchies with a ceremonial and non-executive monarch, where a separate head of government leads the executive
  Semi-constitutional monarchies with a ceremonial monarch, but where royalty still hold significant executive or legislative power
  Absolute monarchies where the monarch leads the executive

  Countries where constitutional provisions for government have been suspended
  Countries which do not fit any of the above systems (e.g. provisional government or unclear political situations)

A parliamentary republic is a republic that operates under a parliamentary system of government where the executive branch (the government) derives its legitimacy from and is accountable to the legislature (the parliament). There are a number of variations of parliamentary republics. Most have a clear differentiation between the head of government and the head of state, with the head of government holding real power and the head of state being a ceremonial position, similar to constitutional monarchies. In some countries the head of state has reserve powers to use at their discretion as a non-partisan "referee" of the political process.[1][2] Some have combined the roles of head of state and head of government, much like presidential systems, but with a dependency upon parliamentary confidence.

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In contrast to republics operating under either the presidential system or the semi-presidential system, the head of state usually does not have executive powers as an executive president would (some may have reserve powers or a bit more influence beyond that), because many of those powers have been granted to a head of government (usually called a prime minister).[1][2][clarification needed]

However, in a parliamentary republic with a head of state whose tenure is dependent on parliament, the head of government and head of state can form one office (as in Botswana, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and South Africa), but the president is still selected in much the same way as the prime minister is in most Westminster systems. This usually means that they are the leader of the largest party or coalition of parties in parliament.

In some cases, the president can legally have executive powers granted to them to undertake the day-to-day running of government (as in Austria and Iceland) but by convention they either do not use these powers or they use them only to give effect to the advice of the parliament or head of government. Some parliamentary republics could therefore be seen as following the semi-presidential system but operating under a parliamentary system.

Historical development

Typically, parliamentary republics are states that were previously constitutional monarchies with a parliamentary system.[3]

Following the defeat of Napoleon III in the Franco-Prussian War, France once again became a republic – the French Third Republic – in 1870. The President of the Third Republic had significantly less executive powers than those of the previous two republics had. The Third Republic lasted until the invasion of France by Nazi Germany in 1940. Following the end of the war, the French Fourth Republic was constituted along similar lines in 1946. The Fourth Republic saw an era of great economic growth in France and the rebuilding of the nation's social institutions and industry after the war, and played an important part in the development of the process of European integration, which changed the continent permanently. Some attempts were made to strengthen the executive branch of government to prevent the unstable situation that had existed before the war, but the instability remained and the Fourth Republic saw frequent changes in government – there were 20 governments in ten years. Additionally, the government proved unable to make effective decisions regarding decolonization. As a result, the Fourth Republic collapsed and Charles de Gaulle was given power to rule by decree, subsequently legitimized by approval of a new constitution in a referendum on 28 September 1958 that led to the establishment of the French Fifth Republic in 1959.

Chile became the first parliamentary republic in South America following a civil war in 1891. However, following a coup in 1925 this system was replaced by a presidential one.[original research?]

Commonwealth of Nations

Since the London Declaration of 29 April 1949 (just weeks after Ireland declared itself a republic, and excluded itself from the Commonwealth) republics have been admitted as members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

In the case of many republics in the Commonwealth of Nations, it was common for the Sovereign, formerly represented by a Governor-General, to be replaced by a non-executive head of state. This was the case in South Africa (which ceased to be a member of the Commonwealth immediately upon becoming a republic, and later switched to having an executive presidency), Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Vanuatu, and most recently Barbados. In many of these examples, the last Governor-General became the first president. Such was the case with Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Other states became parliamentary republics upon gaining independence.

List of modern parliamentary republics and related systems

Full parliamentary republics
Country/territory Head of state Head of state elected by Cameral structure Parliamentary republic adopted Previous government form Notes
 Albania Bajram Begaj Parliament, by three-fifths majority Unicameral 1991 One-party state
 Armenia Vahagn Khachaturyan Parliament, by absolute majority Unicameral 2018[note 1] Semi-presidential republic
 Austria Alexander Van der Bellen Direct election, by two-round system Bicameral 1945 One-party state (as part of Nazi Germany, see Anschluss)
 Bangladesh Mohammed Shahabuddin Parliament Unicameral 1991[note 2] Presidential republic
 Barbados Sandra Mason Parliament, by two-thirds majority if there is no joint nomination Bicameral 2021 Constitutional monarchy (Commonwealth realm)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt
Milorad Dodik
Šefik Džaferović
Željko Komšić
Direct election of collective head of state, by first-past-the-post vote Bicameral 1991 One-party state (part of Yugoslavia)
Bulgaria Bulgaria Rumen Radev Direct election, by two-round system Unicameral 1991 One-party state
 Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen Direct election, by first-past-the-post
Nominally by the National Assembly[note 3]
Nominally Tricameral[note 4]
Only nominally a parliamentary republic since 1996
One-party military dictatorship (Mainland China)
Constitutional monarchy (Taiwan as part of the Japanese Empire)
Nominally; the Constitution has been partially superseded by additional articles that provide for a semi-presidential republic with direct presidential elections and a unicameral legislature. These additional articles have a sunset clause that will terminate them in the event of a hypothetical resumption of ROC rule in Mainland China.
Croatia Croatia Zoran Milanović Direct election, by two-round system Unicameral 2000 Semi-presidential republic
 Czech Republic Petr Pavel Direct election, by two-round system (since 2013; previously parliament, by majority) Bicameral 1993 Parliamentary republic (part of Czechoslovakia)
 Dominica Sylvanie Burton Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1978 Associated state of the United Kingdom
 Estonia Alar Karis Parliament, by two-thirds majority Unicameral 1991[note 5] Presidential republic, thereafter occupied by a one-party state
 Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde Parliament, by two-thirds majority Bicameral 1991 One-party state
 Fiji Wiliame Katonivere Parliament, by majority Unicameral 2014 Military dictatorship
 Finland Sauli Niinistö Direct election, by two-round system Unicameral 2000[note 6] Semi-presidential republic
 Georgia Salome Zourabichvili Electoral college (parliament and regional delegates), by absolute majority Unicameral 2018[note 7] Semi-presidential republic
 Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier Federal Convention (Bundestag and state delegates[a]), by absolute majority[4] Two unicameral institutions[note 8][5] 1949[note 9] One-party state

(Nazi Germany)

 Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1975 Military dictatorship; constitutional monarchy
 Hungary Katalin Novák Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1990 One-party state (Hungarian People's Republic)
 Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Direct election, by first-past-the-post vote Unicameral 1944 Constitutional monarchy (in a personal union with Denmark)
 India Droupadi Murmu Parliament and state legislature, by instant-runoff vote Bicameral 1950 Constitutional monarchy (British Dominion)
 Iraq Abdul Latif Rashid Parliament, by two-thirds majority Unicameral[note 10] 2005 One-party state
 Ireland Michael D. Higgins Direct election, by instant-runoff vote Bicameral 1949[note 11] To 1936: Constitutional monarchy (British Dominion)
1936–1949: ambiguous
 Israel Isaac Herzog Parliament, by majority Unicameral 2001 Semi-parliamentary republic
 Italy Sergio Mattarella Parliament and region delegates, by two-thirds majority; by absolute majority, starting from the fourth ballot, if no candidate achieves the aforementioned majority in the first three ballots Bicameral 1946 Constitutional monarchy Prime Minister is dependent on the confidence of both of the houses of Parliament.
 Kosovo Vjosa Osmani Parliament, by two-thirds majority; by a simple majority, at the third ballot, if no candidate achieves the aforementioned majority in the first two ballots Unicameral 2008 UN-administered Kosovo (formally part of Serbia)
 Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs Parliament Unicameral 1991[note 12] Presidential republic, thereafter occupied by a one-party state
 Lebanon Michel Aoun Parliament Unicameral 1941 Protectorate (French mandate of Lebanon)
 Malta George Vella Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1974 Constitutional monarchy (Commonwealth realm[6])[7]
 Mauritius Prithvirajsing Roopun Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1992 Constitutional monarchy (Commonwealth realm[8][9])[7]
 Moldova Maia Sandu Direct election, by two-round system
(since 2016; previously by parliament, by three-fifths majority)
Unicameral 2001 Semi-presidential republic
 Montenegro Milo Đukanović Direct election, by two-round system Unicameral 1992 One-party state (Part of Yugoslavia, and after Serbia and Montenegro)
   Nepal Ram Chandra Poudel Parliament and state legislators Bicameral[10] 2008[note 13] Constitutional monarchy
 North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski Direct election, by two-round system Unicameral 1991 One-party state (part of Yugoslavia)
 Pakistan Arif Alvi Parliament and state legislators, by instant-runoff vote Bicameral 2010[11][12] Assembly-independent republic
 Poland Andrzej Duda Direct election, by majority Bicameral 1989 One-party state (Polish People's Republic) Poland has also been identified as a de facto semi-presidential republic as the President does exercise some form of governance and appoints the Prime Minister as the head of government. The decision is then subject to a parliamentary vote of confidence.[13][14][15][16]
 Samoa Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II Parliament Unicameral 1960 Trust Territory of New Zealand
 Serbia Aleksandar Vučić Direct election, by two-round system Unicameral 1991 One-party state (part of Yugoslavia, and later Serbia and Montenegro)
 Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam Direct election (since 1993) Unicameral 1965 State of Malaysia
 Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová Direct election, by two-round system (since 1999; previously by parliament) Unicameral 1993 Parliamentary Republic (part of Czechoslovakia)
 Slovenia Nataša Pirc Musar Direct election, by two-round system Bicameral 1991 One-party state (part of Yugoslavia)
 Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Parliament Bicameral 2012[note 14] One-party state
 Trinidad and Tobago Christine Kangaloo Parliament Bicameral 1976 Constitutional monarchy (Commonwealth realm[17])[7]
 Vanuatu Nikenike Vurobaravu Parliament and regional council presidents, by majority Unicameral 1980 British–French condominium (New Hebrides)
Parliamentary republics with an executive presidency
Country Head of state Head of state elected by Cameral structure Parliamentary republic with an executive presidency adopted Previous government form Notes
 Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1966 British protectorate (Bechuanaland Protectorate)
 Kiribati Taneti Maamau Direct election, by first-past-the-post vote Unicameral 1979 Protectorate Following a general election, by which citizens elect the members of the House of Assembly, members select from their midst "not less than 3 nor more than 4 candidates" for the presidency. No other person may stand as candidate. The citizens of Kiribati then elect the president from among the proposed candidates with first-past-the-post voting.[18]
 Marshall Islands David Kabua Parliament Bicameral 1979 UN Trust Territory (part of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands)
 Nauru Russ Kun Parliament Unicameral 1968 UN Trusteeship between Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
 South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa Parliament, by majority Bicameral 1961 Constitutional monarchy (Commonwealth realm[19][20][21])[7] Was a full parliamentary republic from 1961–1984; adopted an executive presidency in 1984.
Assembly-independent systems
Country Head of state Head of state elected by Cameral structure Assembly-independent republic adopted Previous government form Notes
 Federated States of Micronesia Wesley Simina Parliament, by majority Unicameral 1986 UN Trust Territory (Part of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands) The president is assisted by the vice-president, both of whom are elected by the FSM Congress from among the at-large members to serve for four-year terms.[22]
 Guyana Irfaan Ali Semi-direct election, by first-past-the-post vote[23] (vacancies are filled by Parliament, by majority) Unicameral 1980 Full parliamentary republic
 San Marino Francesco Mussoni
Giacomo Simoncini
Parliament Unicameral 1291 Theocracy (part of the Papal States) Two collective heads of state and heads of government, the Captains Regent
 Suriname Chan Santokhi Parliament Unicameral 1987 Full parliamentary republic
Directorial systems
Country Head of state Head of state elected by Cameral structure Parliamentary republic adopted Previous government form Notes
  Switzerland Guy Parmelin
Ignazio Cassis
Ueli Maurer
Simonetta Sommaruga
Alain Berset
Karin Keller-Sutter
Viola Amherd
Parliament by exhaustive ballot at a joint sitting of both houses Bicameral 1848 Confederation of states Also has citizen-initiated referendums

List of former parliamentary republics and related systems

Country Became a
Changed to Reason for change Notes
Full parliamentary republics
 Armenian SSR 1920 1991 Semi-presidential system Constitutional amendment
Austria First Austrian Republic 1920 1929 Semi-presidential system Constitutional amendment
 Belarus 1990 1994 Presidential system New constitution adopted
 Brazil 1961 1963 Presidential system Referendum
Myanmar Burma (present-day Myanmar) 1948 1962 Military dictatorship 1962 Burmese coup d'état
Chile Chile 1891 1924 Military junta 1924 Chilean coup d'état
1925 1925 Presidential system New constitution
Taiwan Republic of China 1947 1972 (de facto) Presidential system Constitution suspended The provisions establishing a parliamentary republic remain in the Constitution which is generally in effect, but are suspended by the Additional Articles, which have a sunset clause that will terminate them in the event of a hypothetical resumption of ROC rule in Mainland China.
1991 (de jure; nominally remains parliamentary) Semi-presidential system Additional articles of the Constitution adopted
Czechoslovakia First Czechoslovak Republic 1920 1939 One-party state Munich agreement
Czechoslovakia Third Czechoslovak Republic 1945 1948 One-party parliamentary republic Coup d'état
Czechoslovakia Fourth Czechoslovak Republic 1948 1989 Multi-party parliamentary republic Velvet Revolution One-party system under the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia Fifth Czechoslovak Republic 1989 1992 State dissolved Velvet Divorce
East Indonesia State of East Indonesia 1946 1950 State dissolved Merged to the Republic of Indonesia
France French Third Republic 1870 1940 Puppet state World War II German occupation
France French Fourth Republic 1946 1958 Semi-presidential system New constitution adopted
 Georgian SSR 1921 1991 Semi-presidential system Constitutional amendment
 Guyana 1970 1980 Assembly-independent republic New constitution adopted
Hungary Hungary 1946 1949 One-party state Creation of the People's Republic of Hungary
 Indonesia 1945 1959 Presidential system Presidential constitution reinstated
 Israel 1948 1996 Semi-parliamentary system Constitutional amendment
 Kenya 2008 2013 Presidential system New constitution and elections A separate Prime Minister existed between 2008 and 2013
The switch to a fully presidential system was legislated in 2010, but only took effect in 2013.
South Korea Second Republic of South Korea 1960 1961 Military junta 16 May coup
 Kazakh SSR 1936 1990 Presidential system Constitutional amendment
 Kyrgyzstan 2010 2021 Presidential system Referendum The 2010 Constitution of Kyrgyzstan introduced a parliamentary system to the country while remaining a de facto semi-presidential republic, with the President retaining many forms of executive powers such as appointing a Prime Minister as the head of government. The decision was subjected to a parliamentary vote of confidence.[24]
Lithuania Lithuanian First Republic 1920 1926 One-party state 1926 Lithuanian coup d'état In June 1940, Lithuania was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union.
 Nigeria 1963 1966 Military dictatorship
(which led in 1979 to the democratic, presidential Second Nigerian Republic)
Coup d'état
 Pakistan 1956 1958 Military dictatorship 1958 Pakistani coup d'état
1973 1978 1977 Pakistani coup d'état
1997 1999 1999 Pakistani coup d'état
2002 2003 Assembly-independent republic Constitutional amendment
Poland Second Polish Republic 1919 1935 Presidential system New constitution adopted
Portugal First Portuguese Republic 1911 1926 Military dictatorship
(which led in 1933
to the Estado Novo one-party presidential republic)
28 May coup
Philippines First Philippine Republic (Malolos Republic) 1899 1901 Military dictatorship
(De facto United States Colony)
Capture of Emilio Aguinaldo to the American forces
Philippines Fourth Philippine Republic 1973 1981 Semi-presidential system
(de facto Military dictatorship under Martial Law between 1972 and 1986.)
Constitutional amendment
Democratic Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo 1960 1965 Military dictatorship
(De facto one-party state)
1965 Congolese coup d'état
 Rhodesia 1970 1979 Parliamentary system Creation of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Political rights were restricted to the white minority
 Russian SFSR 1917 1991 Semi-presidential system Referendum
 Soviet Union 1922 1990 Semi-presidential system Constitutional amendment Had a collective head of state with a distinct chairman until 1989
One-party system under the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Spain First Spanish Republic 1873 1874 Constitutional monarchy Restoration of the monarchy
Second Spanish Republic Second Spanish Republic 1931 1939 One-party state
(which declared itself a constitutional monarchy in 1947)
Coup d'état
 Suriname 1975 1987 Assembly-independent republic New constitution adopted
 Sri Lanka 1972 1978 Semi-presidential system New constitution adopted
Syria Syrian Republic 1930 1958 State dissolved Creation of the United Arab Republic Merged into the United Arab Republic, which operated as a One-party presidential system
Syria Syrian Arab Republic 1961 1963 One-party presidential system 1963 Syrian coup d'état
South African Republic Transvaal Republic 1852 1902 Colony of the British Empire Second Boer War
 Turkey 1923 2018 Presidential system Referendum
 Uganda 1963 1966 One-party state Suspension of the constitution
 Ukrainian SSR 1919 1991 Semi-presidential system Constitutional amendment
 Yugoslavia 1945 1953 Parliamentary republic with an executive presidency Constitutional amendment Had a collective head of state with a distinct Chairman
One-party system under the Communist Party of Yugoslavia
 Zimbabwe Rhodesia 1979 1979 Dependent territory Reversion to Southern Rhodesia
 Zimbabwe 1980 1987 Presidential system Constitutional amendment
Parliamentary republics with an executive presidency
Country Became a
with an executive
Changed to Reason for change Notes
 Gambia 1970 1982 Presidential system Constitutional amendment The president was elected semi-directly by a constituency-based double simultaneous vote, with vacancies filled by Parliament; a motion of no confidence automatically entailed snap parliamentary elections. Presidential elections were made fully direct and separate from parliamentary elections in 1982.
 Kenya 1964 2008 Full parliamentary system Coalition and power-sharing Originally, the president was elected semi-directly by a constituency-based double simultaneous vote, with vacancies filled by Parliament; a motion of no confidence automatically entailed either the resignation of the president or snap parliamentary elections. Presidential elections were made fully direct in 1969, including after a vacancy, but their schedule remained linked to the parliamentary elections.
A separate Prime Minister existed between 2008 and 2013.
 Yugoslavia 1953 1963 Assembly-independent republic New constitution One-party system under the League of Communists of Yugoslavia
Assembly-independent systems
Country Became an
Changed to Reason for change Notes
Ghana First Republic of Ghana 1960 1966 Military dictatorship
(Which led to the fully parliamentary Second Republic of Ghana)
Coup d'état
 Pakistan 1985 1997 Full parliamentary republic Constitutional amendment
2003 2010 Constitutional amendment
 Serbia and Montenegro 1992 2000 Semi-presidential republic Constitutional amendment
 Tanganyika 1962 1964 State dissolved Creation of the United Republic of Tanzania Merged into the United Republic of Tanzania, which operated as a One-party presidential system
 Yugoslavia 1963 1980 Directorial republic New constitution and the death of Josip Broz Tito One-party system under the League of Communists of Yugoslavia
The change to a directorial system was legislated in 1973, but only took effect in 1980.
Directorial systems
 Yugoslavia 1980 1992 Breakup of Yugoslavia One-party system under the League of Communists of Yugoslavia

See also


  1. ^ Changed after the 2015 referendum.
  2. ^ Was, previously, a parliamentary republic between 1972 and 1975.
  3. ^ The Constitution of the Republic of China went into effect on 25 December 1947 as the Chinese Civil War was underway. On 1 October 1949, the Kuomintang-led Republic of China (ROC) was succeeded in Mainland China by the People's Republic of China, a single-party state governed by the Chinese Communist Party. The ROC government was then confined to the island of Taiwan from 7 December. The provisions establishing a parliamentary republic remain in the Constitution but are suspended by the Additional Articles, which established direct presidential elections since 1996.
  4. ^ Under the Additional Articles, the Control Yuan ceased to be a parliamentary chamber in 1993 and the National Assembly was dissolved in 2005 leaving the Legislative Yuan as the unicameral chamber. Functions of the National Assembly were transferred to the Legislative Yuan and nationwide referendums. According to Judicial Yuan Interpretation no. 76, Shall the National Assembly, the Legislative Yuan and the Control Yuan be considered en masse as equivalent to the parliaments of democratic nations? issued on May 3, 1957: The Constitution was enacted according to the exhortation of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. In addition to the National Assembly, five Yuans have been established, the concept of which is not really analogous to the separation of powers system. The National Assembly representing all the nationals exercises the political power, the Legislative Yuan is the highest legislative institution of the nation and the Control Yuan is the highest monitoring institution of the nation. All of them are composed of representatives or members that are directly or indirectly elected by the people. Their functions and powers are similar to those important powers exercised by the parliaments of democratic nations. Although some of their approaches to the exercise of power, such as a regular annual assembly, quorum and resolution by the majority are not the same as those of parliaments of democratic nations, the National Assembly, the Legislative Yuan and the Control Yuan, from the perspective of the nature of their statuses and functions in the Constitution, should be considered as equivalent to the parliaments of democratic nations.
  5. ^ Estonia was previously a parliamentary republic between 1918 and 1934 when the system was changed to a presidential system which was thereafter overthrown by a coup d'état. In 1938, Estonia finally adopted a presidential system and in June 1940 was illegally occupied by the Soviet Union. Became a parliamentary republic again in 1990 with the implementation of an interim period to restore full independence, which was achieved by 1991.
  6. ^ Formerly a semi-presidential republic, it is now a parliamentary republic according to David Arter, First Chair of Politics at Aberdeen University. In his "Scandinavian Politics Today" (Manchester University Press, revised 2008 ISBN 9780719078538), he quotes Nousiainen, Jaakko (June 2001). "From semi-presidentialism to parliamentary government: political and constitutional developments in Finland". Scandinavian Political Studies. 24 (2): 95–109. doi:10.1111/1467-9477.00048. as follows: "There are hardly any grounds for the epithet 'semi-presidential'." Arter's own conclusions are only slightly more nuanced: "The adoption of a new constitution on 1 March 2000 meant that Finland was no longer a case of semi-presidential government other than in the minimalist sense of a situation where a popularly elected fixed-term president exists alongside a prime minister and cabinet who are responsible to parliament (Elgie 2004: 317)". According to the Finnish Constitution, the president has no possibility to rule the government without the ministerial approval, and does not have the power to dissolve the parliament under his or her own desire. Finland is actually represented by its prime minister, and not by its president, in the Council of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union. The 2012 constitutional amendments reduced the powers of the president even further.
  7. ^ "Salome Zurabishvili Wins Georgia Presidential Runoff". The New York Times. The Associated Press. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  8. ^ The Bundesrat is sometimes referred to as an upper chamber of the German legislature. This is technically incorrect, since the German Constitution defines the Bundestag and Bundesrat as two separate legislative institutions. It describes the Bundesrat as the constitutional organ which is representing the 16 Länder (States) of Germany. Hence, the federal legislature of Germany consists of two unicameral legislative institutions, not one bicameral parliament. However the Federal Constitutional Court itself referred to the Bundesrat in the English translation of this decision.
  9. ^ In the case of the former West German states, including former West Berlin, the previous one-party state is Nazi Germany, but in the case of the New Länder and former East Berlin it is East Germany. German reunification took place on 3 October 1990, when the five re-established states of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) joined the Federal Republic of Germany, and Berlin was united into a single city-state. Therefore, this date applies to today's Federal Republic of Germany as a whole, although the area of former East Germany was no part of that parliamentary republic until 1990.
  10. ^ Officially bicameral, upper house never entered into functions, to present day.
  11. ^ The head of state was ambiguous from 1936 until the Republic of Ireland Act came into force on 18 April 1949. A minority of Irish republicans assert that the Irish Republic proclaimed in 1919 is still extant.
  12. ^ Latvia was previously a parliamentary republic between 1921 and 1934 when the then prime minister Kārlis Ulmanis took power in a coup d'état. In June 1940 Latvia was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union.
  13. ^ Under a transitional government between 2006 and 2015; this Transitional Government was responsible to an elected Constituent Assembly, which resolved to establish a republic in 2008.
  14. ^ Had a transitional government between 1991 and 2012.
  1. ^ The Federal Convention is made up of all the members of the Bundestag. The other half is distributed to the 16 Länder, that then each elect Members to elect the President of Germany. Often German celebrities are chosen by the state parliaments.


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