And yet another dumb question from me! :)
Is this a countrywide election for the equivalent of our congress and president?
thanks in advance.
“Is this a countrywide election for the equivalent of our congress and president?”
Yes. The entire House of Commons was being elected. Britain has a parliamentary system of government. Whatever party wins a majority of seats forms the next government (administration in US speak). The leader of that party become Prime Minister. Boris Johnson is on track for the biggest electoral landslide since the 1980’s. And Labour is facing what may be its worst defeat since before the war.
If Im not mistaken, its most like an election for Congress. In the US people run for President directly. But no one runs for UK Prime Minister directly.
The new Parliament will meet and vote for the Prime Minister.
Equivalent to out Congress but in this case whoever is chosen to be the party leader (or as in Johnson’s case already is!) is the PM. PM is sort of like a combination of our Speaker of the House & President, combines legislative & executive power into one position. (Frightening thought Pelosi being anywhere near actual executive power!)