A Case for Constitutional Reform in Ukraine

Ukraine has a mixed parliamentary-presidential system in which both the prime minister and the president have control over various parts of the executive branch of government. This confounding of powers creates ample opportunities of political infighting and finger pointing.

Austria may be a good example for Ukraine to consider.  The President of Austria is directly elected by the people, but has only very limited power over the government.  This separation from direct responsibility for government has enabled presidents of Austria to become honest articulate advocates of the broad public interest  in the country.

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