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President of England (Napoleon's World)

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The President of England is a ceremonial executive position in the English Republic which serves as the country's official head of state, but which holds no real political power. The President of England is officially in the Constitution a non-partisan position, although both Labour and Conservative candidates run for the office. The Presidency of England is held for as long a time as the holder of the office desires, but for no more than a maximum of ten years. The longest-interred President was Alec Guinness, who held the office for a full ten years (1977-1987) to the day, stepping down only when constitutionally mandated to do so.

The President's formal duties are to "preside and moderate" over the Parliament, serving as the non-partisan presiding officer. The President has a formal staff whose job it is to record and disseminate the events of the Parliament to the public and provide such archival evidence to the MPs and other people in power in England. The President's Office is thus responsible for the videotaping and broadcast of every meeting of Parliament and Prime Minister's Questions, and presides over every assembly of the Parliament. The President also formally dissolves Parliament six weeks (42 days) in advance of a general election and reconvenes it following an election at a day of his choosing within ten days of the election, formally inviting the Prime Minister to form a government and swearing the Prime Minister in. The President is also responsible for formally closing Parliament, signing treaties and going on state visits (while the Prime Minister travels far more often than the President, he/she is not the head of state and thus does not go on "state" visits."

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