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In a parliamentary system the figurehead head of state proposes PM candidates for ratification by the parliament, and dissolves the parliament calling a new election if no government can be formed.

In practice, the head of state always nominates the known leader of a party or coalition having a majority of the seats or a plurality plus the acquiescence of a majority.

Like ceebs says, it's like how the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS administers the oath of office to the new president...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 07:52:33 PM EST
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