IATE term of the week: abdication


abdicationAfter the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Albert II of Belgium in 2003, On Monday morning this week the time has come for the Spanish king Juan Carlos to hand over the baton to his son Felipe.

It is not very often that a king abdicates, and when they do, it becomes one of the most important events of the year. The last five abdications were done in favour of their sons, with the exception of the abdication of the Pope Benedict XVI, who simply announced his resignation on 11 February 2013.

According to the Dictionary from West’s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

-Abdication: Renunciation of the privileges and prerogatives of an office. The act of a sovereign in renouncing and relinquishing his or her government or throne, so that either the throne is left entirely vacant, or is filled by a successor appointed or elected beforehand. Also, where a magistrate or person in office voluntarily renounces or gives it up before the time of service has expired. Abdication is the relinquishment of an office which has devolved by act of law. Voluntary and permanent withdrawal from power by a public official or monarch.




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