Deposition by political means concerns the removal of a politician or monarch.
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It may be done by coup
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, or forced
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The term may also refer to the official removal of a clergyman, especially a
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* Omar al-Bashir
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* Adolf of Nassau
Edward II of England
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Edward IV of England
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* Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire
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* Aisin-Gioro Puyi of the Qing Dynasty
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Mohammed Zahir Shah
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* Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
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Notable deposed bishops
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Antipope Benedict XIII
Pedro Martínez de Luna y Pérez de Gotor (25 November 1328 – 23 May 1423), known as in Spanish
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Antipope John XXIII
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* Mark Lawrence
, XIV Bishop of South Carolina
* John-David Schofield
, Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, IV Bishop of San Joaquin
*Motion of no confidence
Changes in political power
Rulers deposed as children