Prime Ministerial Power

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2. Prime Ministerial Power 2a) With reference to the source, describe two limitations on prime ministerial power (5). There are many limitations on prime ministerial power, for example referring to the source; the cabinet could turn against Prime Minister. They can overrule the Prime Minister’s decisions and go against them, therefore preventing the PM from implementing legislations and new laws. Another limitation referring to the source could be the media becoming very hostile. They could portray the Prime Minister as a very weak and unworthy character which could affect his personal image, but also the image of the party they lead. 2b) With reference to the source, and your own knowledge, explain the Prime Minister’s prerogative powers (10). The prerogative powers that the Prime Minister enjoys are the extensive arbitrary powers that they enjoy. These powers were first exercised by the monarch but they are now exercised by the prime minister. These powers could be commanding and directing the armed forces into war. Another example could be to conduct foreign policy negotiations and sign treaties with other democratic countries such as the Extradition Treaty signed by the UK Government and The Government of the Republic of the Philippines. Also the prime minister has the power to appoint and dismiss government ministers and to nominate individuals for peerages and knighthoods. But most importantly he has the privilege to speak on behalf of his party and the nation to the media outlets worldwide and the world. Because the prime minister is the leader of the governing party that won the most recent election that party has the right to form the government, therefore the leader is acknowledged to be the senior policy maker and controller of government appointments. The prime minister solely has these powers and could choose whether to seek advice from he’s
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