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Puppet government

A puppet government or puppet régime is a derogatory term for a government, which -- though notionally of the same culture as the governed people -- owes its existence (or other major debt) to being installed, supported or controlled by a more powerful entity, typically a foreign power. Also usually implied is the government's lack of democratic legitimacy and accountability.

The term is partisan, used almost exclusively by detractors of such governments, whether or not the majority of citizens affected acknowledge the characterization, or object to that kind of government. Examples of governments often labelled "puppet governments" include:

Governments which take power after foreign military intervention, or the threat thereof, are often accused by their opponents of being puppet governments, for example the government of Hamid Karzai in post-Taliban Afghanistan or the Diem government of South Vietnam, supported by the USA. Indeed, such accusations are commonly used to destabilize governments, encouraging and justifing coup d'états, especially in Africa and Latin America.



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