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Constitutional crisis

A constitutional crisis is a situation when separate parties of a government disagree over who has the authority to carry out various acts.

A constitutional crisis can lead to government paralysis, collapse, or civil war.

Famous Constitutional Crises

  • The 1973-74 Watergate scandal in the United States. Resulted in the first ever resignation of an American president, and the subsequent succession of America's first ever un-elected president.

  • 2002 succession crisis in Argentina. Following a massive economic meltdown, Argentina's president resigned, followed by a mass of cabinet members, leading five different men to reluctantly assume the presidency for extremely brief periods over the course of three weeks.

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