View Full Version : The Parliament

02-26-2008, 01:43 PM
Essentially, instead of directly electing a President (who normally has executive powers to initiate new laws and powers to govern under the constitution), you would probably have a Prime Minister or equivalent. This person would most likely be the leader of the political party with an overall majority in your legislature, or, failing that, the party with the largest number of seats. In theory, parliamentary systems allow for greater accountability, as the Prime Minister and his or her Cabinet are required to answer directly to the legislature and their power stems from this body. In Presidential systems, it is possible to build in a number of checks and balances, but the President will always have some degree of autonomy and executive power of their own. This may allow for stronger and more decisive government and a greater sense of accountability to the people, rather than political parties.