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If Canada wanted to have a president, would that mean it would have to leave the Commonwealth?

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  • This question is currently rather short. In a comment on the answer you imply that the reason for this belief had something to do with Ireland. You might flesh that out more to build up the question.
    – Brythan
    Nov 14, 2016 at 0:37
  • Do you mean the Commonwealth of Nations or a Commonwealth Realm? Canada is both, but the latter is stricter: it means they recognize HM Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state (but they could probably still elect a President if they wanted to)
    – user2565
    Nov 16, 2016 at 18:37

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Nope. India and Pakistan are members of the Commonwealth, and they both have presidents.

Ireland left the Commonwealth when it became a republic before the London Declaration that allowed countries in the Commonwealth to have a different head of state.

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  • but Ireland has a president and no longer a commonwealth country (?)
    – The dude
    Nov 13, 2016 at 22:37
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    @Thedude: Yes, Ireland left when it became a republic before the London Declaration that allowed countries in the Commonwealth to have a different head of state.
    – user102008
    Nov 13, 2016 at 23:09
  • You could add that comment to the answer, as it is a very important part of it.
    – SJuan76
    Nov 15, 2016 at 9:38
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In short, no. Zimbabwe has been a republic since independence and remained a member of the commonwealth

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    This doesn't answer the question. Having a president and being a republic are not the same thing. Jan 4, 2017 at 19:48

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