A constitutional republic is a state in which the head of state and other officials are representatives of the people. They must govern to existing constitution. It limits the government's power over all of its citizens. Because the head of the state is elected, it is a republic and not a monarchy.
That a constitution exists that limits the government's power makes the state constitutional. That the head(s) of state and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, makes the state a republic. The United States of America is an example. The USA is a Constitutional Republic.
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- "Three Branches of Government". Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. National Archives and Records Administration. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/teacher_lessons/3branches/1.htm. Retrieved 12:03, 10 January 2011.