Balance of power

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Definition

In parliamentary politics, balance of power usually refers to the position held by a political party, or a coalition of minor parties whose support of a minority government in a parliamentary chamber can give the governing party enough voting strength to maintain stable government. This can be achieved either by the formation of a coalition government or by an assurance that any motion of no confidence in the government would be defeated. A party or person may also hold the balance of power in a chamber that does not form government, in which case the government may still need to bargain with that party or person to have legislation passed, but the government is not at risk of losing a vote of no confidence.

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