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Friday, 29 May 2015

Examine any three inherent defects in the Weimar Constitution

Examine any three inherent defects in the Weimar Constitution. 

Answer: The Weimar constitution had some inherent defects, which made it unstable and vulnerable to dictatorship. These were: 

1. Proportional Representation: This made achieving a majority by any one party a near impossible task,
leading to a rule by coalitions. 

2. Article 48 which gave the President the powers to impose emergency, suspend civil rights and rule by

3. Within its short life, the Weimar Republic saw twenty different cabinets lasting on an average 239 days, and a liberal use of Article 48. 

4. People lost confidence in the democratic parliamentary system, which seemed to offer no solutions.

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