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A parliamentary system is a system of democratic governance of a state in which the executive branch derives its democratic legitimacy from, and is held accountable to, the legislature (parliament).
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- To decide once every few years which member of the ruling class is to misrepresent the people in parliament is the real essence of bourgeois parliamentarism.
- Vladimir Lenin, The State and Revolution (1917), in Essential Works of Lenin (1966), p. 304