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NEED HELP WITH EXPRESSION FROM A POLITICAL BOOK - AGAIN



ascincoquinas
Portugal

NEED HELP WITH EXPRESSION FROM A POLITICAL BOOK - AGAIN
 
Hello eslprintable members!
 
 
I need you help gain, please. I am cuurently reading a book about politics. Could you please help figure out what the underlined expressions mean?
 
I have to write an essay about it. ok!
 
So here is part of the text:
 
 In the context of an election, cohabitation can occur in three ways. It can occur when concurrent presidential and legislative elections return opposing majorities, when a presidential election returns a president who is opposed to the existing legislative majority,or when a legislative election returns aparliamentary majority that is opposed to the president.
 
thanks so much in advance,
 
ASCINCOQUINS

8 Nov 2017      



yanogator
United States

First, the overall idea is that the president and legislature are members of opposing parties. That īs all that īs really important here. The underlined expressions just enumerate the three different possible scenarios. 1 is when both president and legislature are newly elected. 2 is when there is a new president, but not a new legislature. 3 is when there is a new legislature and not a new president. Below, I am re-stating what I just said, but more directly mirroring the words of the underlined expressions.
 
1. When the elections elect (That īs what "return" means here) a majority in the legislature of a party that opposes the president īs party.
 
2.  When the current legislature has a majority of its members in a certain party, and the people elect a president of an opposing party.
 
3.  When the newly-elected legislature has a majority of members in a party opposed to that of the incumbent president.
 
I hope that helps. If not, I can break it down more, or someone else might help.
 
Bruce 

8 Nov 2017     



ascincoquinas
Portugal

Thanks so much, again!

9 Nov 2017