What Is a Military Regime?

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A military regime is a system of government in which the military holds the power. Such systems may be ruled by either a single individual or a small group.

A military regime, or military rule, is a dictatorship or a junta. Such systems of government are different from democratic systems, in which the people elect their leaders. Military regimes are often taken-over by the previous overthrown organization of government. Instead of new leaders being installed through a voting process as occurs in democratic situations, either a single person or small committee becomes the leader of government. Examples of military regimes include various African, Latin American and Middle Eastern nations.