Head of state succession is the process by which nations transfer leadership of their highest office from one person to another. The succession of a head of state can be brought about through various means, the most common of which include:

Head of state succession procedures[edit | edit source]

The following articles deal with the succession to the office of Head of state in various nations:

Dramatic portrayals[edit | edit source]

The changing of national leadership has been the topic of several films, novels, and television series, some of which include the following:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jeffrey, Mark (2008-09-02). "Sarah Palin: Laura Roslin?". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-jeffrey/sarah-palin-laura-roslin_b_123000.html. Retrieved on 2009-01-25. "The constitutional line of presidential succession ends up falling to the still-living Secretary of Education -- Laura Roslin -- who is then sworn in as President." 
  2. Heffernan, Virginia (2006-10-26). "TELEVISION; In Galactica, It's Politics as Usual. Or Is It?". The New York Times: p. 1. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE0DE143FF935A15753C1A9609C8B63. Retrieved on 2009-01-25. "Initially the insurgents enjoyed the backing of the leader of the humans -- a onetime cabinet member named Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) who rose to the office of president when those ahead of her in the line of succession were wiped out -- but lately she has found their suicide tactics insupportable" 
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