Interesting Fast Facts About Politics Part-I

    • The system of democracy was introduced 2 500 years ago in Athens, Greece.
    • Bolivia holds the highest turnover of governments. Since their independence from Spain in 1825, Bolivia has had almost 200 governments. Since 1945, Italy saw more than 50 governments and more than 20 Prime Ministers.
    • India is the world’s largest democracy with more than 700 million registered voters.
    • The youngest active system of governance is communism, which was introduced in 1848 by Friedrich Engels and Karl
    • The oldest existing governing body operates in Althing in Iceland. It was established in 930 AD.
    • David “Screaming Lord Sutch”, as leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party, was Britain’s longest serving party leader until he hung himself in June 1999.
    • Although the United States of America was established in 1776 the first American president ever to visited Europe while in office was Woodrow Wilson in 1918.
    • The US presidential candidate with the highest popular vote ever was Ronald Reagan. In 1984 he secured 54,455,075 votes. Reagan was also the candidate with the highest electoral vote: 525, in 1984. In that year he equaled the 49 states that Nixon carried in 1972.
    • US Presidents are not elected by popular vote but by an electoral college representing the states. John Quincy Adams (1824), Rutherford Hayes (1876), Benjamin Harrison (1888) and George W. Bush (2000) lost the overall vote but won the presidency.
    • The candidate who ran the most times for office of the President of the United States was Norman Thomas. He ran six times from 1928 and didn’t win any. Thomas ran for presidency in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948.
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