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Recently the president of Russia Boris Yeltsin has been extremely ill Because of this other government officials must take a greater role and have greater responsibility than they already have One such government officials that has a had greatly expanded role is Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov Paul Quinn-Judge of Time Magazine wrote an article entitled Russias New Icon describing the Russian situation In this article he articulates that Former Spymaster Yevgeni Primakov reluctantly became Prime Minister of Russia two months ago Now he is virtually running the country Throughout the course of politics and government the issue of legitimacy of the power of rulers has arisen The rise to power of Yevgeni Primakov brings about many questions about whether or not he possess the legitimacy to become an effective and exemplary leader Max Weber1864-1920 a German sociologist believes in government to be a legitimate ruler one must have three characteristic These characteristics are law tradition and charisma One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician passion a feeling of responsibility and a sense of proportion If one possess the trait of law it means that the person is acting under the strict guidelines of the law and is not deviating from what a person must do to become the leader legally and justly The characteristic of tradition is if the way the person came to rule was because it was always this way As an example if a king has only one son then the next king will be the kings son Charisma is a rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm Many people in Russia question the legitimacy of Primakovs power These people ask does he have the right to rule or does he have legitimate power They also wonder does he have the law tradition and charisma to establish this legitimacy Essentially Primakov must satisfy all three of these requirements to establish
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