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Presidential System of Government

A system where a president is elected for a fixed, constitutionally prescribed term and in normal circumstances cannot be forced to resign by the legislature.

(Lijphart 1992, 3)


Most such systems include the possibility of removing a president by the highly unusual and exceptional process of impeachment.


Lijphart, Arend, ed. 1992. Parliamentary versus Presidential Government. New York: Oxford University Press.


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