Questions tagged [prime-minister]

In systems of [parliament], the Prime Minister is the leader of Parliament, elected from its membership. Use this tag to discuss the position in general. Use the tag for a specific PM (if available) if you want to discuss their policies.

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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM? [closed]

Now that 148 Conservative MPs have voted against the PM, adding to the 199 Labour MPs gives a majority in the Parliament (347/650, 53%). Is it possible for the opposition to launch a no confidence ...
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Could a Conservative leader who loses the party's confidence vote refuse to resign as Prime Minister?

At time of writing, a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson is due to happen on the evening of 2022-06-06 between 1800 and 2000, as more than 54 letters (15% of all Conservative MPs) have been ...
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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

There will be a vote of no confidence in the prime minister of the UK today, but it is limited to Conservative MPs only and requires a majority of them to pass the motion. None of the media coverage I ...
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Is Boris Johnson the first serving British prime minister to be found to have broken the law?

10 Downing Street has recently confirmed that Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will be issued a fixed penalty notice for breaching COVID-19 related laws in June 2020. ...
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How does Sri Lanka's semi presidential system work ? Who has more power the Prime Minister or the President? [closed]

In france the president is clearly more powerful
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How is Katrin Jakobsdottir (Prime Minister of Iceland) able to remain in office despite winning third-most seats in last election?

Link: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211128-iceland-s-ruling-coalition-agrees-on-new-government It seems highly unusual that Katrin Jakobsdottir (Prime Minister of Iceland) is able to emerge ...
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Germany: how [un]common is it for chancellor candidates to not be leader of their own party?

Apparently Olaf Scholz is/was not the leader of the SPD, despite being the SPD's chancellor candidate. In 2019, Scholz wanted to become SPD chairman. However, in a membership vote, he lost out to ...
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Prime minister leading a coalition government dismissing a member of the government without discussing with political partners first

Romania still does not have a full government following the crisis started in September. Back then, the prime minister (with the approval from the president) quickly dismissed a member of the ...
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Can Government Emblems be used by non-governmental entities such as PM cares fund?

This question is regarding an earlier question: Why is "PMO Cares" in India not under Right to Information? The accepted answer was that since PM cares fund is not itself a government entity,...
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Why is the US envoy to Haiti criticising the US support for Ariel Henry as prime-minister of Haiti?

According to the recent Democracy Now article, titled, Haiti Envoy Resigns Over Mass Deportations, Blasts History of US Interventions, Daniel Foote, the US envoy to Haiti wrote in his resignation ...
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What are the obstacles to the Modi Government implementing "One Nation One Election"?

Prime minister of Republic of India Narendra Modi has emphasized on multiple occasions for the need of "One Nation One Election" Programme. In India some kind of election is always happening ...
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Has a former Prime Minister ever broken a three-line whip before?

On July 13th, 2021, MPs voted against returning the budget for international aid to 0.7% after it was cut to 0.5% in the November Spending Review. Notably, several Conservative MPs voted against the ...
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What does the Haitian Constitution provide for in the case of the death of the President?

According to a statement on the Juno 7 news website by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated during the night between the 6th and 7th of July ...
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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

How does the Israel Constitution work in relation to the forming of a government? According to the Washington Post and the Times of Israel, Yair Lapid is supposedly creating a new government, and ...
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What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics?

The US doesn't have a prime minister and is doing well without one. But many other presidential republics do have a PM. What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics (note, I'm not ...
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In Sweden, are there any ramifications if the Prime Minister chooses not to observe the Government's (Cabinet's) decision?

In Sweden, the executive power is vested in the Government (i.e. The country's "Cabinet" which consists of the Prime Minister and other Ministers), as opposed to the Prime Minister. This ...
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Do the Italians usually choose external PMs?

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte resigned on Jan. 26 (but is still in office until a successor is chosen). I was surprised to see on his Wikipedia page (emphasis mine): Following the 2018 general election, ...
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Is regular Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) something unique to the Westminister system?

I've noticed that Prime Ministers in Westminister systems (i.e. United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) are expected to answer questions in Parliament on a regular basis. This ...
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To what extent will Canada's prime minister and its governor general coordinate the upcoming Throne Speech with the queen?

After seeing Al Jazeera's Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan to dominate Trudeau throne speech Justin Trudeau is set to unveil ‘broad’ plan that includes healthcare and job support when Parliament ...
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How much interaction does a Prime Minister have with their constituency?

In the UK, a Prime Minister must be both the leader of their party and a Member of Parliament, at least generally speaking (this rule has never been broken to any notable degree). So, I would naively ...
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Are British Prime Ministers forbidden from cycling?

In The Guardian, 'Cycling ambitions for England move up a gear with No 10 plans',: Johnson is, famously, a keen city cyclist himself, even if high office means he now has to be ferried about by car. ...
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Must parliamentary democracies hold a vote of confidence when choosing its Prime Minister?

While many parliamentarian systems require the parliament to hold a vote to confirm its Prime Minister (e.g. Germany, Ireland, Finland), that is not always the case. Here are some examples: Denmark: ...
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How long has it taken each Prime Minister to appear in front of the Commons Liaison Committee?

On May 27th, Boris Johnson appeared before the Commons Liaison Committee, a Select Committee made up of the chairs of the other Select Committees. The UK parliament website describes the committee's ...
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When was the last time the deputising convention in Prime Minister's Questions was broken?

The BBC reports that later today, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will face Sir Keir Starmer in the first Prime Minister's Questions since the latter became the new Labour party leader. The Foreign ...
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If the UK Prime Minister dies who is "next in line" given there is no current deputy PM [duplicate]

"Because of this there is not always a sitting Deputy Prime Minister. This means that it is up to the Prime Minister to choose whether or not he/she wants to have a deputy. The position was created in ...
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How did Boris Johnson chair the cabinet meetings while he has COVID-19?

I didn't follow the UK news closely, so please enlighten me on how cabinet meetings were conducted by Boris Johnson while he has COVID-19. All I've read on this is that: Prime Minister Boris Johnson ...
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If the UK Prime Minister suddenly dies, what happens?

With the news that Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, and was later hospitalised, a question occurred to me: What happens if the UK Prime Minister suddenly dies? I know that the ...
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How long is the delay period for an Israeli prime minister's resignation?

Just recently, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein resigned to avoid having to call a vote on his own ouster (source - https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-defiance-of-high-court-order-edelstein-refuses-to-...
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Have the contents of the letters of last resort ever been revealed?

The letters of last resort are the letters written by the UK Prime Minister to the naval officers in command of the four nuclear submarines which provide the UK's nuclear deterrent, containing ...
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In the UK parliament, how much of Prime Minister's Questions is pre-planned?

So I was watching PMQs today and realised that almost everyone, certainly the party leaders, refers to notes during their time to talk. Is the PM given a list of questions beforehand? However during ...
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Why hasn't Minister of the Civil Service been abandoned, when this is always just the PM?

Wasn't this title superfluous back when The ministership was created for Harold Wilson on 1 November 1968 when responsibilities for the pay and management of the Civil Service was transferred ...
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What is the purpose of initiating the recent changes in the Russian Federation resulting in the "Russian Government Resigning"?

Recently (mid January 2020), there has been much press about the government of the Russian Federation "resigning". From what I understand, these changes were initiated by current Russian Federation ...
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Can a Prime Minister be appointed if they do not have a seat in the Parliament?

On December 12, 2019, UK will hold a general election. As stated in Wikipedia's 2019 United Kingdom general election: The election is to be contested under the same boundaries for 650 ...
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Does Ludovic Orban (the current Romanian PM) speak Hungarian?

According to Wikipedia, Ludovic Orban, the current PM of Romania (and who apparently has no relationship with Hungary's Viktor Orban), is of mixed Hungarian and Romanian ethnicity. Does Ludovic Orban ...
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Should politicians be educated in the field of economics? [closed]

I'm not sure if this goes on this exchange, or perhaps the economic exchange. I could move it if you guys want. Anyway, Should politicians, mainly presidents/prime ministers be heavily educated in ...
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What executive powers does the Prime Minister have?

In a presidential republic like, say, America, there are executive powers afforded to the President; for example the power to veto legislation. In the United Kingdom, as I understand it, the powers of ...
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What power does the UK parliament hold over a Prime Minister whom they refuse to remove from power?

I've seen several questions deal with the issues surrounding this issue, but none have tried to tackle this head on. Boris Johnson had a defection within his party over a key Brexit vote. He then ...
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UK PM is taking his proposal to EU but has not proposed to his own parliament - can he legally bypass the UK parliament?

According to latest Brexit news, UK is offering a 'compromise' to EU. An article on Bloomberg quotes the British PM as saying “I hope very much that our friends understand that and compromise in ...
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Is it ever possible to suspend the PM from the House of Commons?

From this Wikipedia page, it states that Members of Parliament (MPs) can be suspended from sitting in the House of Commons by the Speaker for "disorderly conduct". The Speaker can order that an MP ...
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Does the UK need a Prime Minister to have a government?

"Who would be prime minister?" seems to be a bone-of-contention at present, were an alternative government to be formed within the present house. As I understand it, the phrase "prime minister" was ...
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Is the PM obligated to answer questions from the House of Commons?

I watched the PM at the dispatch box from start to finish yesterday. He did not answer one question from any opposition MP. Is he, or any other MP (Gove's performance came a close 2nd), required to ...
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What is the legal difference between "Prime Minister" and "First Lord of the Treasury"?

I have heard that an alternative title of "First Lord of the Treasury" should be used rather that "Prime Minister". Is there a difference and do they have specific legal meaning?
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What happens if the UK Prime Minister resigns?

If the Prime Minister resigns, who becomes the Prime Minister and how are they selected? Also can the UK not have a Prime Minister?
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Is there any reason why the Speaker could not be appointed as "caretaker" Prime Minister?

There is a clear majority in the House of Commons in favour of extending Article 50. However were the House to impose a vote of no confidence in the present Prime Minister there is no agreement ...
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How likely would it be that the current UK PM could face jail time by refusing to request an extension to article 50 [closed]

Given how adamant the current Prime Minister of the UK is that he will not ask the EU for another extension under any circumstances and that it is now enshrined in law that the PM must seek an ...
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Why can't (doesn't?) Boris Johnson resign?

Why can't or doesn't Boris Johnson resign? In other parliamentary democracies, when the government loses support in the parliament (losing majority/vote of confidence) they typically resign and the ...
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Can parliament stop the PM setting a GE date after 31 October?

A bill that's passed both houses then needs Royal Assent from the Queen to pass into law & by constitutional convention the Queen always follows advice of ministers (the PM) on these matters. ...
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What criteria do historians use in ranking best and worst UK prime ministers?

Wikipedia has rankings of UK PMs and US Presidents that give the contenders various kinds of ordinal rankings. Are there any rigorous theoretical frameworks that might underlie current and potential ...
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Is is possible to make a federal state with only one federated state to resolve cohabitation inherent to semi-presidential systems?

Is there a way to mitigate cohabitation that is inherent to semi-presidential system by making the unitary state look like a federal one that have only one federated state! I mean is it possible to ...
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Who cannot be the Prime Minister of the UK?

Other than the ability to survive votes of confidence, are there any rules on who may or may not be Prime Minister of the UK? E.g. could the monarch be the PM? Could a non-UK-national? Could a minor?
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