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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

No Confidence Vote

Anna Dziedzic

Subject(s):
Impeachment — Legislative oversight of the executive — Removal of officials — Prime Minister — Parliamentary systems

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. A no confidence vote is a vote taken by a parliament to express its lack of confidence in the executive government. An executive government that loses the confidence of the parliament no longer has authority to govern and is dismissed. 2. No confidence votes are the procedural expression of the defining feature of parliamentary systems of government, which is that the executive government is accountable to the parliament and holds that office only while it has the confidence of a majority of the elected representatives in the parliament. 3. No confidence votes...
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