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Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the US presidential race has led to intense discussion over his capacity to overturn and enact new legislation,

As the concept of Donald Trump becoming US president moved from being a topic of late night TV humour to a possibility – and then reality – the focus and speculation about what he could and might want to do, and undo, became a major talking point.

Fears about a president who will not play by the rules and is well known for making inflammatory and non-factual statements about crucial policy and legislation helped fuel concerns.

The US governmental structure, in which laws are enacted primarily through congress and require a majority vote from both the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, limits the capacity of any president to unilaterally enact legislation.

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