Parliamentary system

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A parliamentary system is a system of government characterised by an intertwining of the executive and legislative branches of a nation's government, with the executive deriving its legitimacy from and being accountable to the legislative. Such systems usually have distinctly separate heads of government and heads of state, with the latter commonly being a popular figurehead with little de facto power. A well known variation on the parliamentary system is the Westminster system, most well known for its use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as a number of Commonwealth of Nations member states.