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Yes and no. In the UK people vote directly for their member of parliament. Most members of parliament belong to a political party and each political part has a way of electing a leader (from its parliamentary members).

When a party obtains the most number of members in the house of commons at an election, The QUEEN invites the party leader of that party to form a government for her - by this act (and assuming he can form a cabinet of ministers willing to support him/her), he or she becomes the QUEENS' Prime Minister.

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No. The Prime Minister is selected and appointed by the Governor General.

That sounds like the citizens have little say but in practice the GG role has become a purely ceremonial one. It would create a crisis if the GG did not choose the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Commons.

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In Prime Ministerial democracies, the electorate do not directly elect the PM themselves. Leadership of a political party is determined by the Party itself, who chooses a potential candidate based upon their likelihood to appeal to the voters. This Party leader is responsible for putting across the message to the public that they are the best-suited person to be Prime Minister, and that their Party is best to represent the interests of the nation and the welfare of it's citizens. But when a general election is called, the voters elect the candidate in their electoral ward who represents, and is standing for, the party of the voter's choice. If the candidate wins, he or she will become a Member of Parliament, and if their Party wins the most votes at an election, then the Party leader will become Prime Minister. Prime Ministerial candidates themselves have electoral constituencies which they have to defend, as do all MP's, be they members of the Government or not, and their constituents can choose whether or not to continue to support them as their chosen representative. But they are as much at the mercy of the voter's decision as any potential candidate. Voters decide upon a party political basis, not upon a single person, although if the incumbent PM is very popular with the public, as was Margaret Thatcher throughout the 1980s, then their decision may be INFLUENCED by the Prime Minister of the times.

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In most countries, no. The Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most elected representatives, and/or a person who can control the majority of the elected representatives.

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People are unable to vote directly for a prime minister. Instead people vote for legislative representatives from the party, whom in turn choose the prime minister.

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