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Mandate , from Latin mandātum, is the precept wave order that a superior gives to his subjects. It is a provision, a resolution or a pattern that whoever stands at the top of a hierarchy indicates those who are below. For example: “I come here by mandate of my boss to look for the documents”, “I received a mandate to pick you up and take you to the office”, "Juan was fired for not complying with the manager's mandates".

A mandate is also the order given to a device or machine to perform a certain operation: “I already entered the command in the system, now it remains to wait until it completes the calculation and returns the result”.

Other use of mandate is linked to the representation or faculty which is granted to a public official after an election. The mandate is the period in which a subject serves as agent: “During my tenure, more than one million jobs were created”, "Next month the president's term ends and everything is ready for the replacement", "The mayor could not complete his mandate before the outbreak of a social revolt".

In the field of right , the mandate is a consensual contract through which one of the parties (the principal ) entrusts your personal representation or the management of your business to the other party (the leader ). The agent, therefore, takes charge of matters on behalf of the principal.

In this case, we would have to establish that there are clearly several types of mandates, among which we would highlight these:
• Based on what the effect of those is, they can be classified in with representation or without representation.
• If, on the contrary, the criterion being considered is the object on which the mandate revolves, we would meet the special or general mandate.
• Thirdly, if we proceed to make a classification based on whether the agent is acting on behalf of the principal or his own, we would have the mandate on behalf of others and our own.

Within this type of mandates it is important to keep in mind that the two parties involved have their corresponding obligations when signing those. Thus, for example, the principal undertakes to pay the remuneration that has been agreed upon or to meet the payment of the expenses generated by the other.

For his part, the president has among his duties to carry out the actions that have been agreed, to personally execute the mandate and not relegate it to a third party, and also to render accounts of his performance before the principal.

It is also important to know that there are various causes that can lead to an end to the mandate. These include the expiration of the stipulated period, that there has been a breach of what was agreed by one of the two parties or that the business on which the mandate revolved was terminated.

For the religion , the mandate was the name of the rite of the Catholic liturgy celebrated in the evening mass of the Holy Thursday and consisting of the washing of feet to twelve men, recalling what was done by Christ with the twelve apostles during the Last Supper .

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