Politics in Ukraine
Today, Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential democratic republic.
Political system of Ukraine underwent rapid change in the early 1990s after Ukraine gained its independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in late 1991. During the Soviet period (1922-1991), Ukraine was governed by the Ukrainian Communist Party, which in turn was subordinated to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
After independence, however, Ukraine’s rubber-stamp legislature, Supreme Soviet, was converted to a functioning parliament called Supreme Council. It is a 450-person, single-chamber legislature. Ukraine parliament members are chosen to four year terms in free, multicandidate elections. The chief executive of Ukraine is the President, who is also chosen in free elections.