One-party state

A one-party state, single-party state, one-party system, or single-party system is a type of state in which one political party has the right to form the government, usually based on the existing constitution. All other parties are either outlawed or allowed to take only a limited and controlled participation in elections. Sometimes the term de facto one-party state is used to describe a dominant-party system that, unlike the one-party state, allows (at least nominally) democratic multiparty elections, but the existing practices or balance of political power effectively prevent the opposition from winning the elections.


One-party states explain themselves through various methods. Most often, proponents of a one-party state argue that the existence of separate parties runs counter to national unity. Others argue that the one party is the vanguard of the people, and therefore its right to rule cannot be legitimately questioned. The Soviet government argued that multiple parties represented the class struggle, which was absent in Soviet society, and so the Soviet Union only had one party, namely the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Some one-party states only outlaw opposition parties, while allowing allied parties to exist as part of a permanent coalition such as a popular front. However, these parties are largely or completely subservient to the ruling party and must accept the ruling party’s monopoly of power as a condition of their existence. Examples of this are the People's Republic of China under the United Front, the National Front in former East Germany and the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland in North Korea. Others may allow non-party members to run for legislative seats, as was the case with Taiwan’s Tangwai movement in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the elections in the former Soviet Union.

Within their own countries, dominant parties ruling over one-party states are often referred to simply as the Party. For example, in reference to the Soviet Union, the Party meant the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; in reference to the pre-1991 Republic of Zambia, it referred to the United National Independence Party.

Most one-party states have been ruled by parties forming in one of the following three circumstances:

  1. an ideology of Marxism–Leninism and international solidarity (such as the Soviet Union for most of its existence)
  2. some type of nationalist or fascist ideology (such as Italy under Benito Mussolini)
  3. parties that came to power in the wake of independence from colonial rule. One-party systems often arise from decolonization because a single party gains an overwhelmingly dominant role in liberation or in independence struggles.

One-party states are usually considered to be authoritarian, to the extent that they are occasionally totalitarian. On the other hand, not all authoritarian or totalitarian states operate upon one-party rule. Some, especially amongst absolute monarchies and military dictatorships, have no need for a ruling party, and therefore make all political parties illegal.

The term "communist state" is sometimes used in the West to describe states in which the ruling party subscribes to a form of Marxism–Leninism. However, such states may not use that term themselves, seeing communism as a phase to develop after the full maturation of socialism, and instead use descriptions such as "people's republic", "socialist republic", or "democratic republic". One peculiar example is Cuba where, despite the role of the Communist Party being enshrined in the constitution, no party, including the Communist Party, is permitted to campaign or run candidates for elections. Candidates are elected on an individual referendum basis without formal party involvement, although elected assemblies predominantly consist of members of the Communist Party alongside non-affiliated candidates.[1]


Forms of government
Countries by their form of government:
  Presidential republics with a full presidential system
  Presidential republics with a semi-presidential system
  Parliamentary republics with an executive president chosen by the parliament
  Parliamentary republics with a ceremonial president where the prime minister is the executive
  Constitutional monarchies where executive power is vested in a prime minister
  Constitutional monarchies which have a separate head of government but where royalty hold political power
  One-party states
  Countries that do not fit in any of the above listed systems (other systems or in transition)
  No government

Current one-party states

As of 2019 the following countries are legally constituted as one-party states:

Country Head of party Party Head of popular front Popular Front Date of establishment Duration
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un, Chairman Workers' Party of Korea Pak Myong-chol, President[2] Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea October 10, 1945 73 years, 257 days
Lao People's Democratic Republic Bounnhang Vorachith, General Secretary Lao People's Revolutionary Party Xaysomphone Phomvihane, President of the Standing Committee Lao Front for National Construction December 2, 1975 43 years, 204 days
People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, General Secretary Communist Party of China Wang Yang, Chairman of National CPPCC
You Quan, Head of the Department
United Front October 1, 1949 69 years, 266 days
Republic of Cuba Raúl Castro, First Secretary Communist Party of Cuba January 1, 1959 60 years, 174 days
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Brahim Ghali, Secretary General Polisario Front February 27, 1976 43 years, 117 days
Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyễn Phú Trọng, General Secretary Communist Party of Vietnam Trần Thanh Mẫn, Chairman Vietnamese Fatherland Front April 30, 1975 44 years, 55 days
State of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki, Chairperson People's Front for Democracy and Justice February 10, 1994 25 years, 134 days

Former one-party states

Former big tent modernist one-party states

Country Party Date of establishment Date of dissolution
 Turkey Republican People's Party 1923 1945
 Mexico Institutional Revolutionary Party 1929 2000
 Cameroon Cameroon People's Democratic Movement 1975 1990
 Tunisia Neo Destour 1963 1964
 Tunisia Socialist Destourian Party 1964 1981
 Republic of China Kuomintang 1925 1990
Syrian Republic Arab Liberation Movement 1953 1954
Republic of Afghanistan National Revolutionary Party 24/02/1977[3][4] 28/04/1978

Former left-wing one-party states

Country Party Front Date of establishment Date of dissolution
 Algeria National Liberation Front 1962 1989
Angola People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola 1975 1991
 Bangladesh Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League 1974 1975
Myanmar Burma Burma Socialist Programme Party 1962 1988
 Cape Verde African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde 1975 1980
African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde 1980 1990
 Central African Republic Movement for the Social Evolution of Black Africa 1962 1980
Republic of China (Nationalist government) 1925
  • 1935
  • 1942
 Djibouti People's Rally for Progress 1977 1992
 Equatorial Guinea United National Workers' Party 1970 1979
 Egypt Arab Socialist Union 1962 1976
 Eritrea Eritrean People's Liberation Front 1993 1994
Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • 1991
  • 1993
 Ghana Convention People's Party 1964 1966
 Guinea Democratic Party of Guinea – African Democratic Rally 1958 1984
 Guinea-Bissau African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde 1974 1991
 Indonesia Indonesian National Party 1945 1945
Iraq Iraqi Arab Socialist Union 1964 1968
Iraq Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party National Progressive Front 1968 2003
Libya Libya Libyan Arab Socialist Union 1971 1977
Madagascar Democratic Republic of Madagascar National Front for the Defense of the Revolution 1976 1989
 Mali Democratic Union of the Malian People 1976 05/04/1991[5]
 Mauritania Mauritanian People's Party 1961 1978
 São Tomé and Príncipe Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party 1975 1990
 Senegal Socialist Party of Senegal 1966 1974
 Seychelles Seychelles People's Progressive Front 1977 1991
 Sierra Leone All People's Congress 1978 1991
Sudan Democratic Republic of the Sudan Sudanese Socialist Union 1971 1985
 Syria Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party National Progressive Front 1963 2011
 Tanzania Chama Cha Mapinduzi 1977 1992
 Tanganyika Tanganyika African National Union 1961 1977
 Uganda Uganda People's Congress 1969 1971
 United Arab Republic National Union 1958 1961
 Zambia United National Independence Party 1972 1990
 Zanzibar Afro-Shirazi Party 1964 1977

Former Marxist–Leninist one-party countries

Country Party Popular Front Date of establishment Date of dissolution
Afghanistan People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan National Fatherland Front December 24, 1980 July 27, 1990
Democratic Government of Albania Party of Labour of Albania National Liberation Movement October 20, 1944 August 5, 1945
Democratic Front August 5, 1945 January 11, 1946
People's Republic of Albania

People's Socialist Republic of Albania

Party of Labour of Albania Democratic Front January 11, 1946 December 11, 1990
Angola People's Republic of Angola People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola November 11, 1975 December 10, 1977
People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola – Labour Party December 10, 1977 May 30, 1991
Armenia Communist Party of Armenia December 2, 1920 December 30, 1922
Azerbaijan Communist Party of Azerbaijan April 30, 1920 December 30, 1922
Benin Benin People's Revolutionary Party of Benin November 30, 1975 March 1, 1990
Bulgaria Bulgarian Communist Party Fatherland Front September 15, 1946 January 15, 1990
Byelorussia Communist Party of Byelorussia July 31, 1920 December 30, 1922
Chinese Soviet Republic Communist Party of China 1930 1937
Czechoslovak Socialist Republic Czechoslovakia Communist Party of Czechoslovakia National Front February 25, 1948 December 29, 1989
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Workers' Party of Korea Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland June 30, 1949 February 19, 1992
East Germany East Germany Socialist Unity Party of Germany Democratic Bloc October 7, 1949 March 30, 1950
National Front of Democratic Germany March 30, 1950 1973
National Front of the German Democratic Republic 1973 December 1, 1989
Estonia Russian Communist Party
(Central Committee of the Estonian Sections)
November 29, 1918 June 5, 1919
Estonia Communist Party of Estonia July 21, 1940 August 9, 1940
Ethiopia Workers' Party of Ethiopia September 12, 1984 February 22, 1987
Ethiopia Workers' Party of Ethiopia February 22, 1987 April 28, 1991
Georgia Communist Party of Georgia February 25, 1921 December 30, 1922
Grenada Grenada New Jewel Movement March 13, 1979 October 25, 1983
Guangzhou Communist Party of China 1927 1927
Hunan Communist Party of China 1927 1927
Hungary Hungarian Working People's Party August 20, 1949 October 30, 1956
Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party November 4, 1956 October 7, 1989
Jinggang Communist Party of China 1927 1928
Kampuchea Communist Party of Kampuchea April 17, 1975 June 22, 1982
Kampuchea Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party January 7, 1979 October 23, 1991
Latvia Communist Party of Latvia December 17, 1918 January 13, 1920
Latvia Communist Party of Latvia July 21, 1940 August 5, 1940
Mongolia Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party 1921 July 29, 1990
Mozambique FRELIMO June 25, 1975 December 1, 1990
North Vietnam North Vietnam Workers' Party of North Vietnam League for the Independence of Vietnam September 2, 1945 1946
Vietnamese National Popular Front 1951 1955
Vietnamese Fatherland Front 1955 July 2, 1976
Lithuania Communist Party of Lithuania July 21, 1940 August 3, 1940
Lithuania–Byelorussia Communist Party of Lithuania and Belorussia February 17, 1919 July 17, 1919
Republic of the Congo People's Republic of the Congo Congolese Party of Labour January 31, 1969 June 1991
Persia Communist Party of Persia May 1920 September 1921
Poland Polish United Workers' Party Front of National Unity February 5, 1947 July 1982
Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth July 1982 August 24, 1989
Romania Romanian Communist Party People's Democratic Front February 5, 1948 1968
Front of Socialist Unity 1968 1980
Front of Socialist Unity and Democracy 1980 December 29, 1989

Soviet Russian Republic

Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic

Russian Social Democratic Labour Party January 19, 1918 March 8, 1918[6]
Russian Communist Party March 8, 1918[6] December 30, 1922
Somalia Somalia Somali Revolutionary Socialist Party July 1976 January 26, 1991
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen Yemeni Socialist Party October 31, 1978 May 22, 1990
Southwest Jiangxi Communist Party of China 1930 1931
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Russian Communist Party December 30, 1922 December 31, 1925[6]
All-Union Communist Party December 31, 1925[6] October 13, 1952[6]
Communist Party of the Soviet Union October 13, 1952[6] October 9, 1990[7]
Transcaucasia Communist Part of Armenia March 12, 1922 December 30, 1922
Communist Party of Azerbaijan March 12, 1922 December 30, 1922
Communist Party of Georgia March 12, 1922 December 30, 1922
Tuva Tuvan People's Revolutionary Party August 14, 1921 October 11, 1944
Ukraine Communist Party of Ukraine March 10, 1919 December 30, 1922
Yan'an Communist Party of China 1937 1949
Yemen Yemeni Socialist Party May 21, 1994 July 7, 1994
Yugoslavia League of Communists of Yugoslavia Socialist Alliance of Working People of Yugoslavia November 29, 1945 April 8, 1990

Former right-wing one-party states

Country Party Date of establishment Date of dissolution
Hawaii Reform Party of Hawaii 1894 1898
 Gabon Gabonese Democratic Party 1968 1990
 Iran Islamic Republican Party 1981 1987
 Malawi Malawi Congress Party 1964 1993
 Niger National Movement for the Development of Society 1989 1991
 Rwanda National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development 1978 1991
Kingdom of Spain Spanish Patriotic Union 1924 1930

Former fascist or nationalist one-party states

Country Party National front Date of establishment Date of dissolution
Albanian Kingdom Albanian Fascist Party 02/06/1939 27/07/1943
Guard of Greater Albania 27/07/1943 08/09/1943
Albanian Kingdom National Front 14/09/1943 29/11/1944
Federal State of Austria Fatherland Front 01/05/1934 13/03/1938
Republic of Burundi Union for National Progress 11/07/1974 13/03/1992
Republic of Cameroon Cameroonian National Union 01/09/1966[8] 24/03/1985
Central African Republic Central African Democratic Union 01/03/1980 02/09/1981
Central African Democratic Rally 06/02/1987 22/04/1991[9]
Republic of Chad Chadian Progressive Party 16/04/1962 06/04/1973
National Movement for the Cultural and Social Revolution 06/04/1973 13/04/1975
National Union for Independence and Revolution 1984 1990
 Comoros Comorian Union for Progress 1982 1990
Independent State of Croatia Ustaša – Croatian Revolutionary Movement 10/04/1941 08/05/1945
Dahomey Dahomeyan Unity Party 1961 1963
Dahomeyan Democratic Party 1963 1965
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Party 1931 1961
 Egypt National Democratic Party 1956 1958
1961 1962
El Salvador El Salvador National Pro Patria Party 1931 1944
 Equatorial Guinea Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea 1987 1991
Republic of Estonia Patriotic League National Front for the Implementation of the Constitution 09/03/1935 21/07/1940
German Reich

Greater German Reich

National Socialist German Workers' Party 14/07/1933
  • 21/03/1939
  • 09/05/1945
Guatemala Guatemala Progressive Liberal Party 1931 1944
Haiti Haiti National Unity Party 1957 1985
Hungary Arrow Cross Party 16/10/1944 07/05/1945
India Azad Hind Dal 21/10/1943 18/08/1945
Iran Imperial State of Iran Rastakhiz Party 1975 1978
Kingdom of Italy National Fascist Party 17/05/1928[10]
  • 09/01/1939
  • 27/07/1943
Italian Social Republic Republican Fascist Party 13/09/1943 28/04/1945
 Ivory Coast Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire – African Democratic Rally 1960 1990
 Kenya Kenya African National Union 1982 1991
Lithuania Lithuania Lithuanian Nationalist Union 1927 1940
Manchukuo Concordia Association 01/04/1932[11] 01/05/1934[11]
Empire of Manchuria Concordia Association 01/05/1934[11] 25/07/1934[11]
Manchurian Empire Concordia Association 25/07/1934[11] 15/08/1945[11]
Reich Commissariat for the Occupied Dutch Territories National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands 14/12/1941 06/05/1945
 Niger Nigerien Progressive Party – African Democratic Rally 1960 1974
 North Yemen General People's Congress 1982 1988
Nazi Germany Norway National Gathering 01/02/1942 09/05/1945
Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire Committee of Union and Progress 1913 1918
Paraguay Paraguay Colorado Party 1947 1962
Philippine Executive Commission Association for Service to the New Philippines 08/12/1942 14/10/1943
Republic of the Philippines Association for Service to the New Philippines 14/10/1943 17/08/1945
Portugal Portugal National Union 30/07/1930[12] 08/10/1945[12]
31/01/1948[13] 25/04/1974
Romania Romania National Renaissance Front 16/12/1938 21/06/1940
Party of the Nation 21/06/1940 06/09/1940
Iron Guard 14/09/1940 23/01/1941
 Rwanda Parmehutu 1965 1973
San Marino San Marino Sammarinese Fascist Party 1926 1943
Republican Fascist Party of San Marino 1943 1944
Slovak Republic Hlinka's Slovak People's Party – Party of Slovak National Unity 14/03/1939 08/05/1945
Spanish State Falange 19/04/1937 06/07/1976[14]
 Sudan National Congress Party 1989 2005
 Togo Party of Togolese Unity 1962 1963
Rally of the Togolese People 1969 1991
 Turkmenistan Democratic Party of Turkmenistan 1992 2008
Republic of Upper Volta Upper Volta Voltaic Democratic Union-African Democratic Rally 1960 1966
Yugoslavia Yugoslav Radical Peasants' Democracy 1929 1931
Zaire Zaire Popular Movement of the Revolution 1970 1990

See also


  1. ^ Cuba: Elections and Events 1991–2001 Archived 2007-03-01 at the Wayback Machine Latin American Election Statistics Home
  2. ^ "Vietnam's Party, State delegation visits DPRK". Nhân Dân. NDO/VNA. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ Afghanistan: A Country Study
  4. ^ Afghanistan 1977
  5. ^ 24. Mali (1960-present)
  6. ^ a b c d e f The Constitution of the Russian Federation: A Contextual Analysis By Jane Henderson
  7. ^ Ideology And Political System By Kundan Kumar
  8. ^ The Search for a Cameroonian Model of Democracy or the Search for the Domination of the State Party: 1966-2006
  9. ^ Central African Republic Unions Strike for Democracy 1990-1993
  10. ^ Mediterranean Fascism 1919–1945
  11. ^ a b c d e f China at War: Regions of China, 1937-1945
  12. ^ a b 12th Period - Second Republic of Portugal
  13. ^ Fascism and Resistance in Portugal: Communists, Liberals and Military
  14. ^ Law 21/1976, of June 14, on the Right of Political Association.

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1973 Zambian general election

General elections were held in Zambia on 5 December 1973. They were the first elections held since the country was formally declared a one-party state in August, with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the only legally permitted party. UNIP leader Kenneth Kaunda was automatically elected to a third five-year term as President, and was confirmed in office via a referendum in which 88.8% of voters approved his candidacy. UNIP also won all 125 seats in the National Assembly. Voter turnout was 39% of the 1,746,107 registered voters for the presidential election, and 33% for the National Assembly election.Prior to the elections, primary elections were held to elect candidates for the 125 constituencies. Only UNIP members could vote in the primaries, and the top three candidates would be able to stand for the National Assembly election. In total, 532 people stood for election to the National Assembly.

1978 Zambian general election

General elections were held in Zambia on 12 December 1978. At the time, the country was a one-party state with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the sole legal party. UNIP leader Kenneth Kaunda was automatically elected to a fourth five-year term as President, with 80.7% of voters voting to confirm him in office. UNIP also won all 125 seats in the National Assembly. Voter turnout was around 65% in the parliamentary election, but 66.7% in the presidential election.

1979 Kenyan general election

General elections were held in Kenya on 8 November 1979. At the time, the country was a de facto one-party state with the Kenya African National Union being the sole party to participate in the election. A total of 742 KANU candidates stood for the 158 National Assembly seats, with more than half of the incumbents (including seven ministers) defeated. Voter turnout was 67.3. Although the post of President of Kenya was due to be elected at the same time as the National Assembly, Daniel arap Moi was the sole candidate and was automatically elected without a vote being held. Following the elections, a further 12 members were appointed by President Moi.

1983 Kenyan general election

General elections were held in Kenya on 26 September 1983. At the time, the country was a one-party state with the Kenya African National Union having been made the sole party the previous year (though the country had been a de facto one-party state since 1969). More than 750 KANU candidates stood for the 158 National Assembly seats, with around 40% of incumbents (including some ministers) defeated. Voter turnout was 45.9%. Although the post of President of Kenya was due to be elected at the same time as the National Assembly, Daniel arap Moi was the sole candidate and was automatically elected without a vote being held. Following the elections, a further 12 members were appointed by President Moi.

1983 Zambian general election

General elections were held in Zambia on 27 October 1983. At the time, the country was a one-party state, with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the only legally permitted party. Its leader, Kenneth Kaunda was automatically re-elected for a fifth term as President, and was confirmed in office with over 95% of the vote. UNIP also won all 125 seats in the National Assembly. Voter turnout was around 63% in the parliamentary election, but 65.5% in the presidential election.

1988 Zambian general election

General elections were held in Zambia on 26 October 1988. At the time, the country was a one-party state with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the sole legal party. UNIP leader Kenneth Kaunda was automatically re-elected for a sixth five-year term as President with 95.5% of the vote, whilst UNIP also won all 125 seats in the National Assembly. Voter turnout was around 60% in the parliamentary election, but 58.8% in the presidential election.Two years later UNIP was forced to give up its monopoly of power as part of an agreement with the opposition. The next elections had been scheduled for 1993, but snap general elections were called in 1991 as a result of the agreement.

Central African Empire

The Central African Empire (French: Empire centrafricain) was a short-lived one-party state ruled by an absolute monarch that replaced the Central African Republic and was, in turn, replaced by the restoration of the Republic. The empire was formed by and under the command of Jean-Bédel Bokassa, military dictator and President of the Central African Republic, who declared himself Bokassa I, Emperor of Central Africa, on 4 December 1976.

Bokassa spent the equivalent of over US$20 million, a third of the country's government annual income, on his coronation ceremony. The monarchy was abolished (the most recent one ruled by a emperor) and the republic was restored on 21 September 1979, when Bokassa was ousted with French support. His palace was neglected.

Elections in Laos

Laos elects a legislature nationally and the public also participates in the election of village heads. The National Assembly (Sapha Heng Xat) has 149 members, elected for five year terms.Laos is a one-party state. According to the constitution, elections are in accordance with the principles of Democratic Centralism and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party serves as the "Leading nucleus" of the political system.The last elections were held on March 20th, 2016. The Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) took 144 seats in the 149-member National Assembly while the five remaining seats went to independents. Nearly 73% of members were elected to the National Assembly for the first time. During the election campaign, many candidates focused on development, promising to serve the interests of the nation and the people.

Federal State of Austria

The Federal State of Austria (Austrian German: Bundesstaat Österreich ; colloquially known as the Ständestaat, "Corporate State") was a continuation of the First Austrian Republic between 1934 and 1938 when it was a one-party state led by the clerico-fascist Fatherland Front. The Ständestaat concept, derived from the notion of Stände ("estates" or "corporations"), was propaganda advocated by leading regime politicians such as Engelbert Dollfuss and Kurt Schuschnigg. The result was an authoritarian government based on a mix of Italian Fascist and conservative Catholic influences.

It ended in March 1938 with the Anschluss (the Nazi annexation of Austria). Austria would not become an independent country again until 1955, when the Austrian State Treaty ended the Allied occupation of Austria.

History of Seychelles

Arab navigators and other sailors doubtless knew of Seychelles for many centuries. However, the recorded history of Seychelles dates back to the fourth of the Portuguese India Armadas led by Vasco da Gama. On 15 March 1503, the scrivener Thomé Lopes noted the sighting of an elevated island, doubtless one the granitic islands and almost certainly Silhouette Island. The first recorded landing was by the men of the English East India Company ship Ascension, which arrived in Seychelles in January 1609. The islands were claimed by France in 1756. Seychelles remained uninhabited until the first settlers arrived on board the ship Thélemaque, which arrived on 27 August 1770. Captain Leblanc Lecore landed the first colonists, comprising 15 white men, eight slaves and five Indians. The Seychellois Creole language developed as a means of communication between the different races. The British frigate Orpheus commanded by Captain Henry Newcome arrived at Mahé on 16 May 1794. Terms of capitulation were drawn up and the next day Seychelles was surrendered to Britain. Following the fall of Mauritius to British forces, Captain Phillip Beaver of the Nisus arrived at Mahé on 23 April 1811 and took possession of Seychelles as a permanent colony of Britain. The Seychelles became an independent republic in 1976. Following a coup d'etat, a socialist one-party state ruled the country from 1977 to 1993. The subsequent democratic Presidential elections were won by candidates of the same party.

Imperial Rule Assistance Association

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Kenya African National Union

The Kenya African National Union (KANU) is a Kenyan political party that ruled for nearly 40 years after Kenya's independence from British colonial rule in 1963 until its electoral loss in 2002. It was known as Kenya African Union (KAU) from 1944 to 1952. KAU was banned by the colonial government from 1952 to 1960.It was re-established by James Gichuru in 1960 and renamed to KANU on 14 May 1960 after a merger with Tom Mboya's Kenya Independence Movement.

Lamar County, Texas

Lamar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, in the Northeast Texas region. As of the 2010 census, its population was 49,891. Its county seat is Paris. The county was formed by the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 17, 1840 and organized the next year. It is named for Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas.Lamar County comprises the Paris, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The majority-white population supported the Democratic Party well into the late 20th century, when it was nearly a one-party state, but in the early 21st century, most have shifted to the Republican Party. Lamar County is now represented in the Texas House of Representatives by Gary VanDeaver of New Boston. Republican US Representative Marsha Farney, reared in Lamar County, represents District 20, which includes the northern portion of Williamson County in the Austin suburbs.

List of political parties in Laos

This article lists political parties in Laos.

Laos is a one-party state. This means that only one political party, the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, is legally allowed to hold effective power. The Lao Front for National Construction serves as a mass organization affiliated with the LPRP and is tasked with involving non-party citizens in government and cultural affairs.

National Assembly (Laos)

The National Assembly (Laotian: Sapha Heng Xat, French: Assemblée nationale) is the unicameral parliament of Laos. The National Assembly meets in Vientiane.

Laos is a one-party state, with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party as the sole legal party in the country. Most of the National Assembly's actions simply rubber stamp the party's decisions. Efforts have been made to increase the capacity of its members, aiming to strengthen their legislative, oversight, and representational capacities.

National Assembly of Zambia

The National Assembly is Zambia's unicameral legislative body. Between 1972 and 1990, Zambia was a one-party state with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) as the sole legal party.

The current National Assembly, formed following elections held on 11 August 2016, has a total of 166 members. 156 members are directly elected in single-member constituencies using the simple plurality (or first-past-the-post) system. Nine additional seats are filled through presidential appointment. The Vice President is also granted a seat in the assembly.

Amusaa Mwanamwambwa is the retired past Speaker of the National Assembly.

Parliamentary republic

A parliamentary republic is a republic that operates under a parliamentary system of government where the executive branch (the government) derives its legitimacy from and is accountable to the legislature (the parliament). There are a number of variations of parliamentary republics. Most have a clear differentiation between the head of government and the head of state, with the head of government holding real power, much like constitutional monarchies (however in some countries the head of state, regardless of whether the country's system is a parliamentary republic or a constitutional monarchy, has 'reserve powers' given to use at their discretion in order to act as a non-partisan 'referee' of the political process and ensure the nation's constitution is upheld). Some have combined the roles of head of state and head of government, much like presidential systems, but with a dependency upon parliamentary power.

For the first case mentioned above, the form of executive-branch arrangement is distinct from most other governments and semi-presidential republics that separate the head of state (usually designated as the "president") from the head of government (usually designated as "prime minister", "premier" or "chancellor") and subject the latter to the confidence of parliament and a lenient tenure in office while the head of state lacks dependency and investing either office with the majority of executive power.

Politics of Zambia

The politics of Zambia takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Zambia is head of state, head of government and leader of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government, while legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament. Formerly Northern Rhodesia, Zambia became a republic immediately upon attaining independence in October 1964.

Whilst Zambia functioned as a democracy from independence it soon became a one-party state for 19 years from 8 December 1972 until Multi-Party democracy was re-introduced on 4 December 1990 which led to Multi-Party elections on 1st November 1991. Since then Zambia has been a relatively stable democracy having consistently peacefully transferred power between three political parties (UNIP, MMD and PF) and has since 1991 held 8 presidential elections of which 6 were general elections. .Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rated Zambia as "hybrid regime" in 2016. The EIU has also consistently put Zambia in the top ten most democratic African countries, ranking it 9th in Africa and 86 in the world as of 2018 (167 states) .This is also while Freedom house ranks Zambia as ‘Partly Free’ with a score of 55/100 (0- least free and 100 mostly free) as of 2018.

Two-party system

A two-party system is a party system where two major political parties dominate the political landscape. At any point in time, one of the two parties typically holds a majority in the legislature and is usually referred to as the majority or governing party while the other is the minority or opposition party. Around the world, the term has different senses. For example, in the United States, Jamaica, and Malta, the sense of two-party system describes an arrangement in which all or nearly all elected officials belong to one of the only two major parties, and third parties rarely win any seats in the legislature. In such arrangements, two-party systems are thought to result from various factors like winner-takes-all election rules. In such systems, while chances for third-party candidates winning election to major national office are remote, it is possible for groups within the larger parties, or in opposition to one or both of them, to exert influence on the two major parties. In contrast, in the United Kingdom and Australia and in other parliamentary systems and elsewhere, the term two-party system is sometimes used to indicate an arrangement in which two major parties dominate elections but in which there are viable third parties which do win seats in the legislature, and in which the two major parties exert proportionately greater influence than their percentage of votes would suggest.

Explanations for why a political system with free elections may evolve into a two-party system have been debated. A leading theory, referred to as Duverger's law, states that two parties are a natural result of a winner-take-all voting system.


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