Mostly you can't be an American Citizen, but a natural born citizen of a country with a parliamentary form of government and then be elected to the head of your party, and they your party needs to hold the majority of seats in the parliament.
WnT has it mostly right, but the 'natural born' requirement is pretty much an American thing. Neither Canada nor the UK requires you be 'natural born,' though it surely helps in practice.
Another niggle is that you needn't necessarily hold the majority of seats in the lower house of Parliament. (Yes, there are usually two--the lower, the House of Commons, holds the primary power while the second is supposed to supply 'sober second thought.' In Canada the upper chamber is the Senate, in the UK it's the House of Lords.)
Because parliamentary systems often are not confined to two parties, as is the case in the US, it is possible to have "minority government." Usually this means that the party holding the largest number of seats governs, although they do not hold enough seats to form a Parliamentary majority. (For example, if there were 450 seats in the House of Commons, and Party A had 200, while Party B had 150 and Party C, 100, then usually Party A would form the government.)
When this happens, the Government needs to enlist the support of at least one opposition party to pass legislation. A variation on this theme is the coalition government, where two (or more) parties agree to share power. (In the example above, parties B and C might be able to form a government by coalition, forcing Party A out of power.) An real example of a coalition is the current government of the UK, which is formed by a coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
By being a good and popular politician, so you have to be at lying through your teeth.
by earnestshub 8 years ago
Just heard on the BBC that the prime minister has retained his seat.English politics are interesting to me. I was pleased to know he is is still there. With a bigger majority according to the speech he gave. Mr. Brown, you are superman to pull this off!
by chigoiyke 8 years ago
....soonest it will be; why did they kick out the British PM - what's his name again? Gordon Brown. I have been following the British election with some amount of attention but I still don't get why a serving PM is about get kicked out through the votes (atleast with all indices, polls and...
by greencha 5 years ago
Any body seen Gordon Brown our ex Prime Minister?Anybody seen or heard whereabouts our ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown..has he done a runner ?, he has not been seen in Parliament since he was Prime Minister. Yet he is still supposed to be an MP Perhaps he gone to live on an island in the...
by Peter 7 years ago
Did anyone bother to watch our PM Julie Gillard address to the American parliament? I only saw a small snippet but what I saw made me squirm in my seat. What I saw was cloying (and that is being kind) and I felt she went right over the top.I would really appreciate hearing from some...
by Marianne Sherret 5 years ago
Should Scotland become independent?The current Scottish government think that Scotland should become an independent country. What do other people here think?
by UNLOVED ROHIT 7 years ago
Series of election of parliament for PM post has been unsuccessful so i your views who is most suitable for the PM's post.
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