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    And it's a bit of sloppiness with definitions.

    In many countries, there's a difference between head of state and head of government, and the respective power each holds varies, oftentimes with one of the positions being largely symbolic or ceremonial.

    For instance, Canada is one of 16 countries that right now has a female head of state in the person of Elizabeth II, and we obviously didn't elect her, but that's okay because the post is largely ceremonial and everyone recognizes it's really the head of government who is important (and Canada has had a female Prime Minister).

    As another, the chancellor of Germany is head of government, and everyone knows Angela Merkel. The German head of state is President Joachim Gauck, and I'm pretty confident almost no one outside Germany knows who he is because he doesn't have that significant a role.

    At the same time, in France the president (head of state) is considered the primary leadership position, while the prime minister (head of government) is clearly a subsidiary one.

    And then there's the US, which really doesn't have any position equivalent of head of government due to the way your system is set up.

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