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PUPPET REGIME: WORLD HIGH | PUPPET REGIME | GZERO Media

World High

At a time when global leaders act like adolescents anyway, Puppet Regime brings you: World High, a new show that sends our presidents and prime ministers back to where they belong... High School!

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Some 160,000 party members around the country will now vote by mail to decide which of these two will serve as the UK’s next prime minister, at least until the next national election. The result of the vote won’t be known until Sept. 5.

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