what's a prime minister?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Unlike the US, many countries have separate Heads of State and Heads of Government.
The Head of State may be an hereditary monarch (as in the United Kingdom) or an elected president (who may have a lot of power, as in France, or very little power, as in Israel). Under these circumstances, the Head of State is not responsible for the day-to-day management of the government: that responsibility goes to the Head of Government, who is usually called the prime minister. Basically, the prime minister runs the government on a day-to-day basis, while the Head of State has only a limited number of powers.
In many countries, the prime minister, but not the Head of State, must retain the confidence of the legislature (i.e. the prime minister must resign if he or she loses a vote in the legislature's lower chamber).
- barksabitLv 61 decade ago
A prime minister is sort of like a president in a country that has a royal family. Usually they are associated with the parliment just as a President in associated with Congress and the Senate.
Sometimes the Monarchy has much control over the government and sometimes they are just a figure head.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
The top figure in a ministerial government, which may or may not have royalty involved. The UK has such a government, Gordon Brown is PM. So does India, and the last I heard, the PM there was named Singh.