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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

Bhutan is the best example I can think of - the 'Dragon King' of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck ruled the country for 33 years, and then voluntarily devolved power to transform his kingdom into a ...
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How and why has the UK been arresting anti-monarchy protestors?

I think it's important to be clear that the police have not been arresting protestors "for being anti-monarchy in public". While calling for the abolition of the monarchy is technically ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

He's in the doghouse these days for dodgy financials and elephant safaris but Juan Carlos of Spain seems to somewhat fit the role in 1975. King Juan Carlos I began his reign as head of state without ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

Augusto Pinochet in Chile, head of a military coup in 1973, and subsequently leader of a military junta which governed the country for sixteen years. The junta suspended any previous government, and ...
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How and why has the UK been arresting anti-monarchy protestors?

There are plenty of laws relating to public order, Notably the laws created by 1986 Public Order Act. There's a new act passed by Parliament recently. Current legislation to manage protests provides ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

King George Tupou V of Tonga gave up a lot of his power in favor of a constitutional monarchy in 2010. From what I can tell, this move wasn't exactly spearheaded by the monarch himself. There had ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

South Africa's F. W. de Klerk comes to mind. Quoting Wikipedia: After Botha resigned in 1989, de Klerk replaced him, first as leader of the NP and then as State President. Although observers expected ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

Queen Mary could have taken the English throne in her own right as an absolute monarch like her father James II, but instead insisted on ruling jointly with her husband William of Orange and accepted ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

As an aside to the above correct answers, you might also find it interesting to read about King Sihanouk of Cambodia, who did the opposite - he's a King who introduced democracy to increase his power! ...
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Why is support for the monarchy so high in Romania?

Note: This answer tries to shed some light on the possible reasons to explain this phenomenon and is mostly based on the personal experience of living for several decades in Romania. Idealization of ...
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