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Institutions of Portuguese Democracy

Portugal is a presidential–parliamentary democracy. As in a parliamentary system, the cabinet, led by a prime minister, is responsible to a unicameral legislature (Assembleia da República). Members of parliament (MPs) are elected by a system of proportional representation (PR) with closed party lists and serve a four-year term in office. The official head of state is the president of the republic; he or she is popularly elected every five years by a two-round majority vote and enjoys powers that, although nonexecutive, confer more than a ceremonial role.

The everyday running of political affairs falls to the cabinet and prime minister. An absolute majority vote in parliament is not required for a new cabinet to take office: Unseating a cabinet only requires either the support of an absolute majority in parliament for a motion of censure or, conversely, lack of majority...

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