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How someone leaving a role during a term is replaced by someone else. May be a line of succession or some other method. Not to be confused with secession.

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How was President Gerald Ford appointed instead of just succeeding his role?

I’ve heard it said that one of the reasons President Gerald Ford was hated, was because he was appointed President, instead of being elected. And it’a also said he was the only president appointed. ...
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Who Would Serve As Regent If King Charles and Prince William Died?

Prince William is the crown prince of the United Kingdom. Next in line to the throne are his young children. If Prince William predeceased his father King Charles, and then King Charles died while ...
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Is the title and cypher of a monarch modified if the Queen has the same name as her predecessing king?

In the United Kingdom, there exists a couple main signifiers for the monarch. The first is the title, chosen from a slate of first names. The second is the cypher, written like "E II R" ...
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Why is Charles III a member of House of Windsor?

From a cursory reading of succession and Houses in royal families it seems that tradition requires Houses to be inherited through patrilineange. And so when the Monarchy passes through a female there ...
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How did (a country like) Uzbekistan handle international treaties after declaring its independence?

Russia was recognized as the automatic successor of the USSR at the UN etc. Ukraine and Belarus also had enjoyed special status since the Yalta compromise, so they were members of the UN since 1945, ...
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Who is the acting Minister of Defence of Russia?

The Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu has apparently had some health mishaps and hasn't been able to work for a month or more by now. In my country at the beginning of any absences of ...
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What obligations does Russia have towards the cleanup /maintenance of Chernobyl?

As a successor state of the USSR, what legal responsibilities does the Russian Federation have towards aiding the cleanup of Chernobyl and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone(such as rehabilitation, building ...
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What happens if the Vice President dies? [duplicate]

Anyone with a passing familiarity with US politics knows what happens in the event of the death of the President: the Vice President takes over, and next in line after the VP are several other people ...
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US succession to the president list: What is it and how long does it go?

In the US, I often hear that there is a list of people that can take power if everyone in front of them is dead or incapable of doing the job or resigns. Like if the President is ever out, then the VP ...
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Who would have the strongest claim to power if Kim Jong Un were to die tomorrow?

Who would have the strongest claim to power if Kim Jong Un were to die tomorrow? Does his sister have the strongest claim, or is she likely to get shun by the North Korean elites, because she's a ...
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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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If King Harald V of Norway were to become king of the UK, and subsequently died, what would happen next?

Let's say that, by some miracle, King Harald V became the king of the UK after everyone before him in the line of succession died (and he received permission from the Storting). Do the positions of ...
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Hypothetical: Law passes House and Senate with VP tie-breaker. Then president dies before signing

The circumstances of "The American Rescue Plan" made me think of this. Suppose a bill passes both the House and the Senate, but with a 50-50 tie in the Senate such that the vice president ...
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What are the steps to fill a vacancy for vice president?

Suppose that it is 2007 and Dick Cheney is Vice President. He resigns to become a senator from Wyoming. What steps would be taken to fill this vacancy?
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If the Vice President undisputedly murdered the sitting President, is there anything stopping them from becoming President?

If the Vice President murdered the sitting President in cold blood for all to see, would they still become President? Would they simply get sworn in or is there a mechanism to stop them?
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Does the presidential line of succession skip those who aren't Americans by birth? [duplicate]

The United States has a predefined presidential plan of succession should both the President and Vice President be removed from office (encapsulating all reasons here). For example, it goes as follows:...
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Who chooses the ‘Designated Survivor’ at events such as the State of the Union?

A ‘designated survivor’ is chosen for major events that most Cabinet members attend, such as the State of the Union addresses. This is done to ensure the continuity of government during emergencies. ...
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What if the US President is presumed dead, the line of succession kicks in, but it turns out the original President was actually alive?

Suppose Donald Trump was somehow incorrectly presumed dead. Pence takes the oath and becomes President, and sometime after that it is discovered that Trump is actually alive. Does Trump get the ...
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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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First non-elected person in line of succession for British Government or Parliament?

The US government has a defined order of succession should a catastrophic event take out many senior officials, but the British parliamentary system does not seem to have one. If the current Prime ...
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What happens if the President of Chile resigns?

There is currently (October 2019) a social and political crisis affecting Chile, where mass demonstrations are demanding change to the government. The militarisation of the conflict by the government (...
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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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What happens if no one in the line of US presidential succession is eligible to become president?

As I understand it, should the president of the US die/become unfit for office, the vice president would become president, and if the vice president (now president) were to die/become unfit for office,...
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Does the North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un have an heir?

Does the North Korean leader have an heir apparent for his successor? I think he was hidden even during his studies in Switzerland. Is there any heir apparent?
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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 isn't Claire Grady the Acting Secretary of DHS?

As I understand it, by law, Claire Grady (the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security) becomes the Acting Secretary of DHS in absence of Nielsen. But it appears that the President is circumventing that ...
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Who will become Maine Attorney General in January 2019?

Janet Mills will become the next governor of Maine. I believe she is currently the Maine Attorney General. My question is, who becomes the Maine Attorney General on the day she moves office?
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If the British King dies childless but with a pregnant wife, who is the monarch?

Suppose the British King dies and he is currently childless, but his wife is pregnant. Under the succession laws of the commonwealth realms, what happens? I see three natural possibilities: The next ...
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Line of Succession : Prior to VP Approval

Suppose the current president were to resign (or die while in office). Per section 1 of the 25th amendment, the Vice President becomes the President immediately. Next, the new President (currently, ...
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Could the Speaker of the House become president if they weren’t born in the USA?

To quote the constitution: No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States I also read that ...
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How can a Senator be removed from office during a term for medical reasons?

While the present condition of Senator McCain prompts this question I am looking for a general answer under similar circumstance for any senator, not necessarily "just McCain". Is there a mechanism ...
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What was the rationale behind EO 13787 updating the DOJ Order of Succession?

In a March 31 Executive Order (13787), President Trump set the current Department of Justice (DOJ) order of succession, which, by my understanding, would determine who has authority over the Mueller ...
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What, if anything, can disqualify one from inheriting the British throne?

Can things like infidelity, crime, or immoral behaviour make a heir ineligible for succession of the British throne?
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Can Prince Charles pass the throne to Prince William of his own free will?

A recent poll shows that only a quarter of Britons want to see Charles succeed his mother as monarch. The public seems to be in favor of Prince William to have the throne: Only a quarter of ...
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Is it possible for a sitting Senator to be Speaker of the House?

In the United States a person doesn't actually need to be a member of the House of Representatives to be the Speaker of the House. I'm wondering if it is legal (i.e. constitutional) for a sitting ...
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If one party controls the house and 2/3 of the senate, what's to stop them taking the presidency?

From my understanding (Wikipedia), the House of Representatives can impeach the president with a simple majority. The Senate can then convict the president with a supermajority (2/3 of the Senate). ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

Yes, I am aware that November 2016 has long passed, but what would have to happen for Bernie to assume the presidency while Donald Trump is still president? I'm aware of a line of succession (...
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What is the continuity of Government chain of succession for the People's Republic of China?

Many countries have protocols in place which determine who the successor to the leadership of that country will be in the event that one or more of the leaders or their successors die. What is the ...
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What is the Russian Government's continuity of government chain of succession?

Many countries have protocols in place which determine who the successor to the leadership of that country will be in the event that one or more of the leaders or their successors die. What is Russia'...
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What instances are there of a sovereign adopting a successor? [closed]

I was brushing up on the Roman Empire discovered that many of the emperors' successors were adopted. I am wondering if this was frequent throughout history in other areas of the world and if there ...
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What is the line of succession in the Department of Justice?

In 1973, Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating Watergate. The Attorney General refused and resigned, and then the Deputy ...
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When did the custom of ex-President non-interference begin?

In recent times, the custom of US Presidents has been to retire after 8 years in office and not criticize or interfere with their successor. This has been the case with both Bushes and Clinton. Obama ...
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Does a succeeding President select a new VP during succession?

There is a clearly documented Order of Succession that is followed when the current President is incapacitated. This has been the subject of Films and TV Shows. What normally happens in these ...
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Inauguration Day and succession

Imagine if you will it's inauguration day, and everyone's up on the steps. The new VP is sworn in, and that lets the previous administration VP off the hook. Suddenly, a shot rings out, and the ...
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Can someone in the Presidential Line of Succession be "skipped"?

In the United States, if the president is removed for any reason (death, impeachment, resignation), the Presidential Line of Succession would describe who is president next. But if one of those ...
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What if the wrong successor to POTUS is sworn in

Assume that due to an accident, attack or catastrophe several persons on the U.S. Presidential Line of Succession are incapacitated (or dead) together with the current president. In order with a ...
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Does someone who already served two terms as president get “skipped” in the presidential line of succession?

I know someone who has already served two1 terms as president cannot be elected president again, and there is apparently an argument about whether or not such a person can be elected to vice president....
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Is Bill Clinton eligible to become Vice President?

Observing the line of succession to be the president. Among the first 10, there is one person ineligible to be president by birth. The Secretary of the Interior is ineligible and is skipped. So, ...
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What would happen if Russia declared itself the successor of the Russian empire?

As I understand, Russia will have a right to claim on old Russian empire territories + Alaska. But it won't have any rights in UN. Am I right?
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Is there a post-Castro plan for Cuba?

With both Castro brothers well into their 80s, is there a plan for succession in the Cuban leadership? I am curious if the next leader will be of the '59 revolution generation or not
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