The powers of the President of Ukraine are stipulated by Chapter V of the
Constitution of Ukraine, which defines the rights and responsibilities of the President as
Head of State, the election procedure, and provides for the possibility of
his/her dismissal from office and termination of his/her powers.
President is due to prevent any actions of the legislative, executive
and judicial branches of power that directly or indirectly infringe the
fundamental Law of Ukraine. With the aim of fulfilling this duty the
President is vested with corresponding authorities. He is empowered to
suspend decisions of government bodies and veto laws passed by the Verkhovna
President is the
Guarantor of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In these terms his powers are stipulated by Article
102 of the Constitution of Ukraine and impose on him the duty to make
decisions and act in order to defend and consolidate the state sovereignty,
to secure the integrity and inviolability of Ukraine’s territory within the
limits of the existing borders.
According to Article 102 of the Constitution of Ukraine, as the
Guarantor of citizens’ rights and freedoms, the President is empowered to
revoke acts of government bodies and branches of power in order to protect
citizens’ rights and freedoms.
Presidential powers within domestic policy are stipulated by Article
106 of the Constitution of Ukraine. According to the Constitution and the
laws of Ukraine the President of Ukraine issues decrees and orders, which are
binding on the territory of Ukraine. President cooperates with all branches
of power, appoints and dismisses Government officials and executive authorities,
attends the Government’s meetings and has his/her representatives in the
Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada.
In terms of foreign policy
the Presidential powers are stipulated by Article 102 and 106 (items 3, 4 and
5) of the Constitution of Ukraine. The President as Head of State acts on
behalf of Ukraine, represents Ukraine on the international scene, negotiates
and signs international treaties and is in charge of foreign policy of the
President is the
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in accordance with
Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine. In the event of an armed
aggression against Ukraine, the President makes decisions on the use of the
Armed Forces of Ukraine. President heads the National Security and Defense
Council of Ukraine.