One for each level of government: Federal, State and Local. All elected independently.
Now take Russia. In 2004 Putin nixed gubernatorial elections. And now Putin’s successor/reluctant puppet Medvedev sacked the mayor of Moscow (click on the link! The pictures are priceless!):
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev abruptly sacked veteran Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov this morning.
Mr Luzhkov had become a powerful political opponent who openly criticised the Kremlin and then defied pressure to resign.
He had ruled Russia’s capital since 1992 but angered Medvedev by suggesting the country needed a stronger and more decisive leader – a remark seen as favouring Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
A cute corruption twist:
Luzhkov’s tenure as mayor was tainted by repeated allegations that his billionaire construction boss wife, Yelena Baturina, benefited from his post – allegations that the pair strenuously deny.
Suggestions of corruption were a focus of mud-slinging programmes that state-run television networks showed suddenly this month after Luzhkov targeted Medvedev with thinly veiled criticism in a state newspaper article.
I hope the sacked mayor will not immigrate to Chicago.
Anywho, three cheers for constitution and the people willing to abide by it.