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What were the main features of the Weimar Constitution?

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GCSE Germany 1918-1939

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Assessment: Weimar Republic

What were the main features of the Weimar Constitution?

The newly formed Weimar constitution had many distinguishing features, one of which was that they were a democratic government as before the war Germany had not been really democratic, this was because the Kaiser was a dictator which meant everything he said would happen. They believed that people had the right to chose and change their government. Another feature of the Weimar government was that they believed in proportional representation, they believed that seats in parliament should be won according to the percentage of votes won.

A further feature was that they passed a law which meant all Germans over the age of 20 could vote. The chancellor of the government was responsible for the day-to-day government, but he had to have the backing and support of half of the Reichstag. The president stayed out of the day-to-day government. However in the case of an emergency, he could rule the country directly through article 48 of the constitution. This gave him emergency powers, which meant he didn't have to consult the Reichstag.

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