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power base

noun
1.
a source of authority or influence, especially in politics, founded on support by an organized body of voters, ethnic minority, economic class, etc.:
His election as governor gives him a power base for seeking the presidency.
Origin of power base
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • Zhivkov managed to avert the attempted coup d'etat and afterward strengthened his power base within the party.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • With his power base firmly established, Ceausescu acted to fully disassociate his regime from the Gheorghiu-Dej era.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

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