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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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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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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Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson (PMOS) under Boris Johnson

I know that James Slack was the last PMOS under Theresa May. Who is in this position under Boris Johnson?
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Can an Indian President/Prime Minister send someone to jail without filing a case?

I'm learning Democratic Politics in 9th Grade. I had this doubt for a long time. Can an Indian President/Prime Minister send someone to jail without filing a case?
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Does the queen really have to listen to the Prime Minister when appointing a new one?

According to this answer on Theresa May's successor: The party will now elect a new leader, and May will then resign as PM, and recommend to the Queen that her successor as Conservative leader is ...
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What is the precedent for replacing the British Prime Minster without a general election and what are the constitutional rules?

Theresa May has resigned as Prime Minister. Some people are calling for a general election. Clearly this has happened before (her direct predecessor for example, although a general election was ...
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What is Theresa May waiting for?

Today (5/24/2019), Theresa May announced that she will step down as UK Prime Minister, and that she will quit as Conservative Party leader on 7th June. Why is she waiting until 7th June? Why waste ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

Theresa May has just announced that she will resign as Prime Minister on 7th June. It has also been announced that the new Tory Leader will not be chosen until mid-July. (This is to account for all ...
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Why is the President of India not elected directly?

When the Presidential election of India rolls around, The people aren’t involved in the electoral process but it is the MPs and MLA’s of the State and National Assemblies who elect the President. So ...
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Is there any mechanism to remove a UK Prime Minister on the grounds of 'insanity'?

Prime Minister Theresa May has been under considerable pressure over her handling of Brexit. It's quite feasible that this type of pressure would have an impact on her mental health. Moreover within ...
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Has a member of the British royal family ever run for Prime Minister of the UK?

There are news reports that a Thai princess is to run for Prime Minister in the upcoming Thai elections (e.g. see here). This has been titled as a political earthquake. This article states: The ...
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In the UK Conservative party, what happens when a vote of no confidence in the leader fails?

So Theresa May is facing a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative party today. It's unclear if she will be ousted or not. What happens if the vote fails?
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What is the point of unlimited terms?

Terms limit is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are only ...
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Why did Imran Khan become the Prime Minister whereas Zardari became the President after winning elections?

I have a question about Pakistan politics. What determines a party president to be either a President of country or Prime Minister of country after winning elections? When Pakistan People Party (PPP)...
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How does a British Prime Minister 'sack' Ministers?

I was reading another question and it got me thinking: Are ministers protected by laws against unfair dismissal? Under what circumstances can the PM 'sack' members of their cabinet? What happens to a ...
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Can a General Election be called by a new Prime Minister?

There has been much speculation that an incoming prime minister (be it Gove, May or one of the other candidates) will want to call an early General Election (to establish legitimacy and perhaps to ...