@a #5: Interesting, since Wikipedia indicates otherwise:The word décret, literally "decree", is an old legal usage in France and is used to refer to orders issued by the French President or Prime Minister.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decree
1. The last time I checked, France was a democracy.
2. The President is the "head of state" (The Prime Minister is head of government)
3. I googled "presidential decree" (with quotes) and got 529,000 hits http://www.google.com/search?q=%22presidentia...
The Philippines (also a democracy) allows the president to issue decrees. http://www.chanrobles.com/presidentialdecreen...
Your statement From what Google produces decrees are not issued by head of states in the democratic world
is utterly false.
1. I have shown the contrary to be true
2. The fact that ministries may also issue decrees does not rule out presidential decrees. Your reasoning is faulty, at best. But then, so is your research. Did you notice that in your very limited list (about 60 hits total, and some duplicates from the same website), you have at least one royal
decree (Thailand)and several from such "paragons of democracy" as China, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates and Egypt?
-Or were you hoping that no one would actually look at your link?