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  • When the party wielding executive power in a government controls the majority of seats in the legislature, it is known as government by the majority. This type of government is practiced in the Westminster system, the parliamentary system used in the United Kingdom and many formerly colonized nations. For example, in Canada, the party that wins more than half the seats in the House of Commons forms a majority government. Many voters prefer a majority government because legislation is passed more easily, and the leadership is able to win the confidence vote of the legislature. The opposite of a majority government is a minority government, where the party with the executive power does not control the majority of seats in the legislature.

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