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May 16, 2012 6:14 AM Subscribe
How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections?
posted by helloimjohnnycash to law & government (9 answers total)
Presumably the civil service can carry on core functions, but how would a parliamentary nation handle a sudden crisis? Can the dissolved parliament get called back into session?
In particular, who handles military and economic decisions during this critical period? Is the PM still the PM up until the new parliament is sworn in, or is he effectively out of power the moment he calls for new elections?
My question is inspired by Greece, but I'm interested in learning how this works generally across Europe and the world.