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a power, privilege, or immunity restricted to a sovereign or sovereign government
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Russian, prerogativa), an exclusive right belonging to some state body or official. An example of a prerogative is the right of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to pass laws of the USSR. The Supreme Soviet’s prerogatives include the ratification of the USSR’s national economic plan and the state budget, as well as the report on the execution of the budget. The Supreme Soviet also has the prerogative to admit new Union republics to the USSR.

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