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The '''semi-presidential system''' (referred to as '''semi-presidentialism''') is a system of government+ in which a popularly elected fixed term president+ exists alongside a prime minister+ and Cabinet who are responsible to the legislature of a state+. It differs from a parliamentary republic+ in that it has a popularly elected head of state+ who is more than a purely ceremonial figurehead+, and from the presidential system+ in that the cabinet+, although named by the president, is responsible+ to the legislature+, which may force the cabinet to resign through a motion of no confidence+.

The Weimar Republic+ (1919–1933) was the one of the first countries with a semi-presidential system, but the term was first used in a 1978 work by political scientist Maurice Duverger+ to describe the French Fifth Republic+, which he dubbed a ''régime semi-présidentiel''.

The powers that are divided between president and prime minister can vary greatly between countries. In France, for example, in case of cohabitation+ when the president and the prime minister come from opposing parties, the president is responsible for foreign policy+ and the prime minister for domestic policy+. In this case, the division of powers between the prime minister+ and the president+ is not explicitly stated in the constitution, but has evolved as a political convention+. In Finland+, by contrast, this particular aspect of the separation of powers was explicitly stated in the constitution+ until 2000: "foreign policy is led by the president in cooperation with the cabinet".



Semi-presidential systems may sometimes experience periods in which the President and the Prime Minister are from differing political parties. This is called "cohabitation+", a term which originated in France when the situation first arose in the 1980s. Cohabitation can create an effective system of checks and balances+ or a period of bitter and tense stonewalling, depending on the attitudes of the two leader+s, the ideologies of their parties, or the demands of their constituencies.

In most cases, cohabitation results from a system in which the two executives are not elected at the same time or for the same term. For example, in 1981, France elected both a Socialist+ president and legislature, which yielded a Socialist premier. But whereas the president's term of office was for seven years, the National Assembly+ only served for five. When, in the 1986 legislative election, the French people elected a right-centre Assembly, Socialist President Mitterrand+ was forced into cohabitation with a rightist premier.

However, in 2000, amendments to the French Constitution reduced the length of the French President's term from seven to five years. This has significantly lowered the chances of cohabitation occurring, as parliamentary and presidential elections may now be conducted within a shorter span of each other.


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Reflist:

* Steven D. Roper.
* Maurice Duverger. 1978 .Échec au roi. Paris.
* Maurice Duverger. 1980.’A New Political System Model: Semi-Presidential Government’ European Journal of Political Research, (8) 2, pp. 165–87.
* Giovanni Sartori. 1997. Comparative constitutional engineering. Second edition. London: MacMillan Press.
* Horst Bahro, Bernhard H. Bayerlein, and Ernst Veser. Duverger's concept: Semi-presidential government revisited. European Journal of Political Research. Volume 34, Number 2 / October, 1998.
* Matthew Søberg Shugart. . Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. September 2005.
* Dennis Shoesmith. Timor-Leste: Divided Leadership in a Semi-Presidential System Asian Survey. March/April 2003, Vol. 43, No. 2, Pages 231–252
* J. Kristiadi. . Indonesia Outlook 2007 - Political June 30, 2008 The Jakarta Post
* Frye, T. 1997. A politics of institutional choice: Post-communist presidencies. Comparative Political Studies, 30, 523-552
* Goetz, K.H. 2006. ‘Power at the Centre: the Organization of Democratic Systems,’ in Heywood, P.M. et al.. Developments in European Politics. Palgrave Macmillan
* Arend Lijphard. 1992. Parliamentary versus presidential government. Oxford University Press
* Nousiainen, J. 2001. ‘From Semi-Presidentialism to Parliamentary Government: Political and Constitutional Developments in Finland.’ Scandinavian Political Studies 24 (2): 95-109 June
* Rhodes, R.A.W. 1995. "From Prime Ministerial Power to Core Executive" in Prime Minister, cabinet and core executive (eds) R.A.W. Rhodes and Patrick Dunleavy St. Martin's Press, pp. 11–37
* Shugart, M.S. and J.Carrey. 1992. Presidents and assemblies: Constitutional design and electoral dynamics. Cambridge University Press.
* Canas, Vitalino - “The semi-presidential system”, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), Band 64 (2004), number 1, p. 95-124.
* Veser, Ernst. .

*, United Nations Development Program (n.d.).
* of Robert Elgie+

Semi-presidential system+ The semi-presidential system (referred to as semi-presidentialism) is a system of government in which a popularly elected fixed term president exists alongside a prime minister and Cabinet who are responsible to the legislature of a state.