The 25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prescribes procedures for the replacement of the President of the United States and Vice President of the United States whenever a vacancy occurs. The amendment also provides the procedure for removing a president should he be found unable to discharge the “powers and duties of his office.

The 25th Amendment was proposed by Congress and ratified by the states after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in order to formalize the process for replacing the top two officers of the executive branch should they be unable to perform their duties for any reason.

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