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Which states have a head of state or government from another country?

The head of state of Andorra is the president of France and the bishop of Urgell. Are there any other examples where the head of the state or government is from some other country?
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Can a sitting president of a country be arrested while traveling?

Can a country arrest a sitting president from another country while he is traveling, as president of that country? I read somewhere that it is not allowed, but I am not sure where it is written. This ...
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What is the role of the British Monarch in the Commonwealth Realms?

The monarch of the United Kingdom is the head of state of the sixteen Commonwealth realms. The question "What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain?" already explains the role of ...
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Oldest head of government / state at time first elected to office

Speculation has Bernie Sanders may run for US President in 2020, when he will be 79. Mahathir Mohamad is aiming to become Malaysias PM (again) at the age of 92. Wikipedia has a list of state leaders ...
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Are there any heads of state who are dual citizens?

In this question it was established that the US President can be a dual citizen as nothing in the Constitution forbids it. This makes me wonder if there are currently any heads of state who are also ...
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What is the point of the president visiting regions struck by hurricane?

The president is a busy person. What is the point of the president (currently Trump) taking time out of his busy schedule to pose for a few pictures in a city struck by disaster?
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Could the Queen have stopped Brexit?

If Her Majesty so desired, would she have been allowed to overrule the will of both the people and the House of Commons and prevent the triggering of Article 50? If so, what political backlash would ...
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Why was Edward VIII's marriage a problem, but not Prince Charles's?

When Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, the fact she had been divorced was a problem that ultimately led to his abdication. Decades later, Charles, Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker ...
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What do we mean when we say that Daesh controls a terroritory?

In the recent news, it was said that the terrorist organization Daesh controls now half of Syria, together with one third of Iraq. What does it mean for a terrorist organization to control such a ...
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Whose agreement is needed to use nuclear weapons in different countries?

I heard that in some countries simultaneous agreement of several officials is needed to use nuclear weapons. For instance, the head of state, the chief of staff and the minister of defense. Unless the ...
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In the Commonwealth realms, who succeeds when a King dies leaving a daughter and a son in-utero?

When Queen Elizabeth II became Queen on the death of her father, she was only able to do so because she had no brothers. (Otherwise, her eldest brother would have become King, under rules still in ...
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Has the US President ever been denied entry to a foreign country?

Shortly after the awarding of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden by Russian President Putin, the relationship with the US President became contentious, to the extent that it was announced that the two ...
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Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial?

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I am not an American (i.e. Canadian) and I was speaking to a friend today and he told me that apparently Obama passed a law last year that gives the president the ...
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Does the head-of-state pardon violate separation of powers?

In a rechtsstaat, separation of powers in legislative, executive, and judicial powers provides some protection to the civilians and reduces the power of government. In some legislations, however, the ...
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Why is the president unable to grant a pardon for State offenses?

In the US, as in many modern countries, we have a presidential pardon. However, we also have many state government pardons. The constitution states and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and ...
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What is the head-of-state pardon for?

I've read that the King of Thailand pardoned 30,000 prisoners on his birthday this year. They are said to be all sick, elderly or close to the end of their sentence. But it seems strange anyway. The ...
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Has there been a headless state?

Has there been a state without an office satisfying the definition of a head of state? This question is mostly about the modern times because I'm not sure if we can give a satisfactory definition for ...
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Why don't British kings and queens veto laws?

I've learned from Wikipedia that the British king or queen has the right to veto laws, but they don't use the right. Why is that? Is it because of tradition, respect for democracy, some regulations or ...
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Why does Cuba have two presidents?

I can see that Cuba has its own parliament system - National Assembly of People's Power. However, Wikipedia says Ricardo Alarcón is President of the National Assembly of People's Power, yet Raúl ...