The difference between a president and a king.

At all times, power attracted people, but if several centuries ago it could be conquered, now there is an opportunity to occupy the highest post of the state in a relatively peaceful way. At the moment, many experts identify presidents with tsars, although this comparison is not correct. What is actually the difference between the specified statuses?


President - it is an elective office that is formed by parliamentary, party or popular vote. In most states of the world, this post is the central link of government, and its owner is endowed with broad powers.

Tsar is an inherited Slavic title that is passed from father to son (daughter) and is legitimate with the support of certain social strata. The monarch possessed unlimited fullness of power, and the royal status was adopted according to certain rules (as a rule, the oldest son of the ruler).


Kings are born, and presidents are made. Monarchs do not obey anyone and obey only themselves. On rare occasions, the body of elders may try to remove them, but in practice this happens very rarely. The president is forced to listen to both popular opinion and other state bodies. As a rule, his power is restrained by other levers: parliament, court, army, etc.


  1. Authoritarian regimes often call their leaders “presidents”, although their legitimacy is in question.
  2. The principle of formation. The president is elected by voting, and the king, whose origin was not in doubt, automatically became the head of state.
  3. The fullness of power. In his activities, the president is subject to laws, if not observed, he may be removed from office. The king acts at his own discretion, and no one can limit his power, except for a council of elders or similar body.
  4. Legitimacy. The legitimacy of the president is recognized after the decision of the CEC. No one doubts the legitimacy of the tsar.
  5. Leaving power. The President can freely leave office by calling early elections. The king can renounce the throne only in favor of another monarch.
  6. Duration of service. The president is elected for a fixed term, the king rules until he ceases to exist physically or abdicates the throne.