By way of DW, here is a good example of the “mostly” in the phrase I use from time to time to describe presidencies in parliamentary democracies as “mostly ceremonial”: German President Horst KÃ¶hler exercised his first presidential veto on Tuesday, quashing a law that would have partially privatized air traffic control in Germany. But […]
So, today’s questions are: How often in the past have presidents in parliamentary systems (where they are mostly ceremonial) resigned due to controversy? How often do they even say things that could stir up controversy?
It seemed as if the Lega and Five Star Movement (M5s) were about to form a coalition, and then things turned. The mostly ceremonial President refused the coalition’s proposed finance minister, and now the coalition plan is off. President Sergio Mattarella has tasked Carlo Cottarelli, a non-politician (till now, that is), to form a government, with […]
Turkey is holding general elections on 7 June. It is an unusually important election, coming as it is after the first direct presidential election. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking parliamentary support to amend the constitution to make the presidency far more powerful–currently it is mostly ceremonial. For that he needs either his Justice and […]
Greece has its general election Sunday, called early under an automatic constitutional trigger provision given a deadlock over selection of the (mostly ceremonial) president. I ask about a “2015a” because that is how sources sometimes designate an election when it is the first of two in a given year, and it would not be surprising […]
The Italian electoral college (made up of members of parliament and regional representatives) selected Giorgio Napolitano for a second term in the “mostly ceremonial” post of president. Via presseurop.eu (and originally from Corriera della Sera): Napolitano was elected on April 20 with the votes of the Democratic Party (PD), Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party […]
Via DW: Voters in Kosovo are to go to the polls in snap elections on Dec. 12, after Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s weakened government supported a no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament. […] The no-confidence motion on Tuesday was supported by 64 of the 120 legislators. It was submitted two weeks after Thaci’s coalition fell […]
The SPD and Greens pulled off a big symbolic victory against their Left rivals even if they lost the election itself. The whole contest also suggests that the electoral process for Germany’s head of state perhaps now has failed to maintain the delicate balance for which it was designed.
We can call him Landslide Horst. The voting procedure is unusual. We might call it “roll-call secret ballot.”
While we await the official results due Sunday, the exit polls are now out in India’s general election. The Hindustan Times reports that they suggest a close call, with (as expected) neither of the main alliances having won a majority. an India TV exit poll telecast after balloting ended said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance […]
Such uniform swings are relatively unusual in developing democracies with large assemblies.
A recent “tug-of-war,” as the Hindustan Times puts it, over judicial appointments in India reveals the superiority of nomination/appointment processes that put the executive second, rather than as initiator, in the process. For India’s Supreme Court–one of the most active constitutional review bodies among the world’s high courts1: Appointments and promotions of judges are done […]
The transition of the Maoist insurgents into a governing party is now complete in Nepal. Now comes the hard part: governing, and drafting a full constitution!
There was an election over the weekend in Malta, one of the rare cases of single transferable vote. The results show the incumbent Nationalists with 49.34% of the vote (I assume that means first-preference votes) and the Labor party with 48.79%.
A proportional representation system–an actual PR system–could make Italy much more governable than the impostor the country currently has, especially if it had a 3-5% threshold.