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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?

This is a vanishingly unlikely situation. If the President is missing, there has to be a seven-year wait before they can be legally declared dead. At first the VP becomes Acting President, and if the ...
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If one party controls the house and 2/3 of the senate, what's to stop them taking the presidency?

Technically speaking? You're right, nothing Practically speaking though there are 2 problems with it. First, you're assuming that the House majority and Senate super majority are completely on the ...
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What, if anything, can disqualify one from inheriting the British throne?

There are a number of things that would make you legally ineligible to succeed to the throne, but infidelity, (normal) criminal activity and immoral behaviour aren't to be found on that list. So, ...
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First non-elected person in line of succession for British Government or Parliament?

There is no line of succession. Indeed there has been no deputy Prime Minister since 2015. The appointment of a Prime Minister is done by The Crown (ie the government, perhaps the outgoing ...
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If the UK Prime Minister suddenly dies, what happens?

Your understanding is correct - there is no UK Prime Minister until one is appointed by the Queen. In the meantime, the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) gives the Monarch (in practice, government ...
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What was the rationale behind EO 13787 updating the DOJ Order of Succession?

When Barack Obama was getting ready to leave office, he changed the succession with executive order 13762. That EO replaced 13557 which had replaced 13481. That EO replaced "the President's ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

This is absurd. It will never happen. That said, Bernie Sanders would have to do one of Get appointed Vice President. This requires the VP slot to be vacated (by death, impeachment, resignation, ...
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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?

A dead president is § 1 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As people including Brian C. Kalt have noted, a missing president (which covers one who is missing and that people assume to be ...
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Can Prince Charles pass the throne to Prince William of his own free will?

Yes, he most certainly could, assuming that Parliament agreed to accept his abdication. We have a precedent in the His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 where Parliament passed a bill ...
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Is Bill Clinton eligible to become Vice President?

From the Wikipedia article about the Vice President, the part that says no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice President of the United ...
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Does the North Korea Kim Jong Un have an heir?

Under dynastic considerations, either the eldest child or the eldest son of Kim Jong-Un would qualify. There seems to be at least one child, possibly a daughter, according to a BBC report. Since ...
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First non-elected person in line of succession for British Government or Parliament?

There is a line of succession - but it applies only to the monarch, not to members of her government, or to Parliament. In the event of a catastrophe as described in the question, the first priority ...
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How can a Senator be removed from office during a term for medical reasons?

You're talking about "expulsion". Expulsion is the most serious form of disciplinary action that can be taken against a Member of Congress. Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

She resigned as the conservative party leader effective June 7th. That will lead to a new prime minister in due course, since her successor in the party role would presumably want to become the new ...
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Does someone who already served two terms as president get “skipped” in the presidential line of succession?

The 22nd amendment only covers term limits for being elected president. There is nothing about a person becoming president via succession that would prevent a person who was already elected finishing ...
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What would happen if Russia declared itself the successor of the Russian empire?

TL;DR: What would happen then? The direct answer is: a legal, administrative, and political disruption. Legal Succession Modern-day Russia is, indeed, a successor of the dissolved "USSR". Many local ...
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Is Bill Clinton eligible to become Vice President?

The twenty-second amendment to the US Constitution establishes the presidential term limit. The text of the amendment begins (emphasis mine): "No person shall be elected to the office of the President ...
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What if the president, vice president, everyone in the line of succession plus the designated survivor were all killed?

If most of Congress remains intact, then Dan's answer is correct, as the first person to get appointed Speaker of the House or President pro tempore of the senate will assume the role of President. ...
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What is the line of succession in the Department of Justice?

The current order of succession in the Department of Justice is given in President Trump's February 9 Executive Order. The Attorney General himself, Jeff Sessions The Deputy Attorney General, Rod ...
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Does a succeeding President select a new VP during succession?

The 25th Amendment covers this situation. Before it was ratified, if the President died the VP office just stayed vacant until the next election. The amendment changes this to allow vacancies in the ...
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What happens if no one in the line of US presidential succession is eligible to become president?

The Constitution does not allow for anyone who is not a natural-born citizen to become Acting President, even in this scenario. So Elaine Chao would still not become Acting President. Neither the ...
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First non-elected person in line of succession for British Government or Parliament?

There is a precedent for jump starting parliament from one called with dubious legality, the "Convention Parliament" of 1688. A new parliament met in 1689, following the rules and decisions set by ...
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If the Vice President undisputedly murdered the sitting President, is there anything stopping them from becoming President?

Background This is a "constitutional corner case" that was surely not contemplated by the U.S. Constitution of 1789, or any of its amendments, and which would seem to violate the spirit, ...
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Could the Speaker of the House become president if they weren’t born in the USA?

Could the Speaker of the House become president if he wasn't born in the USA? Maybe yes, maybe no. The scenario has never been put to the test. Natural Born Citizen Per the language in the U.S. ...
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Who is the acting Minister of Defence of Russia?

General of the Army S. K. Shoigu remains the Minister of Defense despite a temporary health condition, according to official sources as of the last available media report I could locate on March 27, ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

She will almost certainly remain as interim leader of both the Conservative Party and the Government until the new leader is appointed, as David Cameron did in 2016. Note that the two roles are ...
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If King Harald V of Norway were to become king of the UK, and subsequently died, what would happen next?

Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom, of Canada, of Australia and about 15 other countries around the world. These countries have now established absolute primogeniture as the law of ...
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What does the Haitian Constitution provide for in the case of the death of the President?

Up until 2012, Article 149 of the Haitian Constitution used to obligate the National Assembly, convened by the Prime Minister, to invest the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic (or, if ...
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Can someone in the Presidential Line of Succession be "skipped"?

Yes In the Presidential Succession Act, the law says that each person becomes President... upon his resignation [from their previous role] Any given person could choose not to resign from their ...
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When did the custom of ex-President non-interference begin?

It really depends on the former President. Though many former Presidents don't usually interfere with their successors publicly, it depends on the former President and many have briefly commented on ...
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