What is a Presidential System?
A presidential system is a democratic and republican system of the government where the head of the government leads an executive branch which is separate from the legislative branch. This head of the government in many cases known as the head of the state, which is known as ‘president’.
In a presidential system, people directly elect their head of the government, which contrasts the parliamentarian system, where the head of the government/state is elected by the legislators (MNAs).
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In a presidential system, head of the government/state is often elected directly by the people of the country. This makes the power of president more legitimate than that of a head of the government elected indirectly. A presidential system constructs the presidency and the legislature as the two parallel structures, which allows the each structure to monitor and check the performance of the other, preventing abuses of power.
Why a ‘Presidential System’ is required in Pakistan?
In Pakistan, the people
Let’s suppose, I want Imran Khan to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan, but the candidate, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has nominated in my constituency, in my opinion, is not eligible to hold the seat of the National Assembly. In this case, I do not have any other option instead of giving my vote to the MNA nominated by the political party PTI.
On the other hand, some candidates won the general elections as remaining independent, then after the results of the elections, they decide which political party they are going to join while keeping in mind that which political party has more chances to form the government. Then what is a point to contest the elections independently?
In a presidential system, Imran Khan or any other political leader can be elected as the head of the state directly by the people of the
In the current state, the head of the government (Prime Minister) is more focused on how to keep up the alliance with other political powers than he is focused on the other affairs of the country. A political party with only 4 MNAs can threaten the government of Pakistan which has more than 100 members in the lower house of Parliament.
Another example; In
More than 70 years have passed the current parliamentarian system doesn’t change the fate of Pakistan, so, in my opinion, that is why the presidential system is the only system that Pakistan hasn’t experienced yet. This is the only system which can make the difference and change the living standards of the poor people of Pakistan.