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The president of the USA can only stay in office for a maximum of two terms. The President has the power to accent to the bills that are discussed before the house and he is also the commander in chief.

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The US Constitution limits a person to 10 years as president. This effectively means that they can have 2 terms in office, which is 8 years. The reason for the extra 2 years is so that anyone who was promoted to president in the middle of a term is not unfairly restricted from running for resident in the future. For example, if the president was to die in office (like JFK did), the vice president takes over, but only for the rest of the 4 year term. When someone becomes president like this, they do not start a new "turn" of 4 years, they only continue the 4 years of the last president. As they have had a limited amount of time in office (as long as its less than 2 years anyway), they can still have the chance to be president for 2 terms of their own.

Various other political leadership jobs have limits like this - usually State Governors.

Term limits are actually not the normal rule with heads of state, so the US is unusual in this respect. Here in the UK, someone is prime minister for as long as they are elected.

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