8 April 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Monarchies of the World

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00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Monarchies of the World. 2013


Monarchy is a form of government in which supreme state power partly or wholly resides in a single person… the monarch {the Greek roots of the word mean “rule by one (person): editor}. Despite their status as single individuals with lifetime tenancy as heads of state, most modern monarchs don’t wield absolute power. There are several different types of monarchies, which differ in the degree of power possessed by the incumbent ruler. Thus, in absolute monarchy, all political power in the state is in the hands of one individual. Under constitutional monarchy, a written constitution limits the monarch’s power. In turn, constitutional monarchies can be subdivided into parliamentary types, in which the monarch is only a ceremonial figurehead, (e.g. Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden), and dualistic types (e.g. Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait), where a constitution limits the monarch’s power, giving legislative power to a

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