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, praesidium
1. (in Communist countries) a permanent committee of a larger body, such as a legislature, that acts for it when it is in recess
2. a collective presidency, esp of a nongovernmental organization
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in Russian, a group of persons, a collegium, elected to direct a meeting or conference or as the permanent governing body of party, scientific, and other public organizations.

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