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What is a democratic republic?


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A democratic republic is a country which is both a republic and a democracy, however in practice countries which describe themselves as democratic republics do not always hold free or fair elections, an example of which was the German Democratic Republic, a communist dictatorship commonly known as East Germany.

A democratic republic, such as the United States, is when the leader, governing board, and practically every political member is elected by the people. Propositions are also voted on by the people.