· The figurehead of the nation
· Not involved in day to day politics
· Could suspend the consitution and rule by decree under Article 48.
· He could dismiss the Reichstag and call new elections.
· He had control over the Army.
· He was voted by secret ballot, by citizens over 20 years old.
· He would choose the head chancellor
· The head of government
· Chose ministers
· Ran the country
· To pass laws, majority support was needed by the Reichstag.
· The German Parliament.
· The main law-making body of the country.
· Elected every 4 years.
· Voted by men and women over 20 years old using secret ballot.
· Proportional representation- system of voting used-the number of seats a party was given depended on the percentage of votes they gained.
· This was the local government.
· It was run by the 18 regions of Germany like Bavaria or Russia.
· They kept local parliaments.
· It was the other house of German parliament.
· They could delay new laws unless overruled by 2/3 majority of the Reichstag.
· A number of members were sent by each local region, according to the size of the region.
· Proportional representation- this meant that even a party with few votes could have seat- coalitions were needed. The Reichstag was usually made up of the Social Democrats, People's Party, Democratic Party and Centre Party, but they all wanted different things.
· The President had too much power-almost like a dictator.
· Careful balancing of powers meant it was hard to have a strong, decisive government in times of crisis-the chancellor had to ask the presdent to suspend the constitution quite a few times.