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What Is Sovereignty, Types And Features Of Sovereignty by Ibkemmanuel1: 12:12am On Jul 27, 2021
Sovereignty is a modern day feature which means the superior power the government/state has on every citizen or inhabitants of that particular city or country, when a state is sovereign, it is
totally free from opposition from other state or country to be precise, the supremacy of a state over its citizens which is derived from the monopoly of the legitimate use of force.

To enforce law in a particular state, there must be some certain sovereign body who might have attain there power through the people (in a democratic state) or use of force ( in a military regime), these body are said to be overall, best, qualify and all sufficient when it comes to administrational affairs, these body sees to the day to day running of business in the political affair of the country likewise they also make sure the law is still in tact and no-one has violate the tenet that made it up.

The word "sovereignty" is derived from the a Latin word "superamus" which means supremacy. As such sovereignty means the Supreme power or authority of a state.

The word sovereignty was first use by a French philosopher called Jean bodin and close supporter of the king of France in his book "republique" published in 1576. In the book Jean bodin argue the sovereignty is just a vital element of a state which the king or any head who serve as the legĂ­timate holder has absolute supremacy on of which should not be shared with anyone. In other word the king or the ruler has only power subject to only the laws of God, of nature and of the nation.


1. LEGAL SOVEREIGNTY : legal sovereignty is the existence of some legal institutions in the society, this are institutions which might have been created for administration and regulatory purpose, the likes of  legislature, executive and judiciary are all legal institutions created by the state to see to the affairs of it, for instance in a parliamentary system of government the legislature serves as the most sovereign institution because it is the body of law makers and they make laws and unmake laws. Though in a presidential system the most legal institutions cannot be well figure out because of it complex nature but at least it could still be linked to executive as it has power of prerogative of mercy which means might grant free to any crime committed , delegated legislations and also formulate policy, with all these functions you can see that the sovereignty of presidential system remains with the executive in presidential system.

2. POLITICAL SOVEREIGNTY : political sovereignty is one in which the Supreme power is vested in the hand of the electorate, this types of sovereignty mainly happens in time of election I.e the time you can choose your leader to see to the state administration.

In democracy the power of electorate is manifested in the following :

A. The responsibility to vote in the legislature... continue reading @

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