Junta (governing body)

Junta (/ˈhʊntə/ or /ˈʌntə/) is a Spanish, Portuguese and Italian (giunta) term for a civil deliberative or administrative council. In English, Military Junta predominantly refers to the government of an authoritarian state run by high-ranking officers of a military.

In Italy a giunta is the civil executive of regions (see Regions of Italy#Institutions) and of municipalities (comune, see Comune#Importance and function).

An earlier, different use of the term in English was the Whig Junto, a political faction in early 18th-century Britain.

It is not related to the Sanskrit word Janatā (also transliterated as Jantā and Juntā), which refers to the public/people/masses.

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  1. ^ Hoeffel, Paul (March 25, 2016). "Junta takes over in Argentina: archive, 25 March 1976" – via www.theguardian.com.