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==Election and Term of Office==
 
==Election and Term of Office==
 
The President ascends to the position through a popular election, serving an unlimited number of four-year terms. Presidential candidates are declared by the [[Federation Council|Council of the United Federation of Planets]], which reviews anonymously-submitted petitions for candidacy before declaring that a given individual qualifies for the office. When a president unexpectedly resigns, dies, or is otherwise unable to discharge the powers of the office, the Federation Council declares a councillor to be [[President Pro Tempore of the United Federation of Planets|President Pro Tempore]]; the President Pro Tempore then serves for a short term length set by law, while a special election is then called by the Council. ({{n|TNG|A Time for War, A Time for Peace}}, {{n|ST|Articles of the Federation}}.)
 
The President ascends to the position through a popular election, serving an unlimited number of four-year terms. Presidential candidates are declared by the [[Federation Council|Council of the United Federation of Planets]], which reviews anonymously-submitted petitions for candidacy before declaring that a given individual qualifies for the office. When a president unexpectedly resigns, dies, or is otherwise unable to discharge the powers of the office, the Federation Council declares a councillor to be [[President Pro Tempore of the United Federation of Planets|President Pro Tempore]]; the President Pro Tempore then serves for a short term length set by law, while a special election is then called by the Council. ({{n|TNG|A Time for War, A Time for Peace}}, {{n|ST|Articles of the Federation}}.)
 
While a presidential term of office is normally four standard years long, this can sometimes change. The first presidential election after President [[Nanietta Bacco]]'s special election in [[2379]] was scheduled for [[2385]], a full six years later. ({{n|TNG|sub=Cold Equations|Silent Weapons}})
 
 
:''The reason for Bacco's lengthened term is unestablished. It may be the result of the momentous disaster the Federation suffered as a result of the [[Borg Invasion of 2381]].''
 
   
 
==General Information==
 
==General Information==

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