Parliamentary Democracy

Description of the picture:

The biggest and boldest stick figure (Prime Minister) represents the leader of Parliament that was elected by the several medium bolded people (Parliament Members). In the background the non-bolded people (citizens) are only electing the medium bolded group (Parliament Members).


 A Parliamentary Democracy is a type of a republic system in where the leader of Parliament, often called the Prime Minister, is only elected by the legislation (Parliament Members). This type of republic government is the most common in the world. Most of the time in a Parliament Democracy you will have a Prime Minister (that’s your leader of Parliament) and a ceremonial leader (can be called King, Queen or even President).  The Prime Minister is always running the country, while a ceremonial leader only attends formal events. In almost all cases a ceremonial leader never has any authority.

 In a Parliamentary Democracy, citizens will vote on Parliament Members to represent the people in making decisions. After Parliament Members are elected, the representatives vote on a Prime Minister. In a Parliament Democracy citizens never vote for their leader of Parliament. In this type of system you will have only one main political party controlling both the Parliament and the Prime Minister seat. A Prime Minister does not have a term of office; he can stay as Prime Minister as long as he is still supported by the controlling political party. Parliament Members can elect for a new Prime Minister anytime. Two examples of this common government system would be United Kingdom and Canada.
Quick Summary:     
  • Citizens vote indirectly for their leader of Parliament
  • Ceremonial leader is completely powerless
  • Most common type of republic government in the world