The President of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Президент України, Prezydent Ukrayiny) is the Ukrainian head of state. The President represents the nation in international relations, administers the foreign political activity of the state, conducts negotiations and concludes international treaties. The President is directly elected by the citizens of Ukraine for a five-year term of office (whether the Presidential election is early or scheduled), limited to two terms consecutively.
Oleksandr Turchynov was the only acting president in Ukraine’s modern history, unlike in the US where the vice president inherits all powers of the presidency the powers of an acting president in Ukraine are severely limited. On 18 June 2015 Yanukovych was officially deprived of the title of President of Ukraine.[4] The current president is Petro Poroshenko who took the oath of office on June 7, 2014.[5] The Government of Ukraine utilizes a Semi-presidential system in which the roles of the head of state and head of government are separate, thus the president of Ukraine is not the nation’s head of government.[clarification needed] The prime minister serves as the head of government, a role currently filled by Arseniy Yatsenyuk who was re-appointed to the position following the October 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election.