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In politics, a mandate is the authority granted by an electorate to act as its representative.

In international law, A mandate is a binding obligation issued from an inter-governmental organization like the United Nations, to a country to have it follow the instructions of that organisation.

An example was the League of Nations imposed British mandate over the transition of Palestine into an independent country after the breaking up of the Ottoman Empire.

Namibia, previously a German colony, was administered as a mandate by South Africa between the end of World War I and its annexation by the latter country after World War II.

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