[In English & Croatian]
A Symbol of State & Church
By Nenad Nikolic & Dragomir Acovic
104 pages, Illustrated, 6 ¾" x 9 ¾"
According to the current Constitution, the state of Serbia has a presidential system of government. The President is directly elected by the people and is therefore chosen by the will of the majority to be the legal representative of the state in dealings with the international community. At the same time, in line with the Constitution, he oversees the work of Parliament and the Government.
In the previous two rounds of Presidential elections, none of the candidates were elected President of the State due to the turnout of voters being below the minimum required. As such, Serbia does not currently have a President, and nor did Montenegro for the very same reasons. In Serbia, however, the belief that it would be both simpler and better to elect the President in parliament, as is the case in many European countries, is becoming more and more widespread.
Supporters of such an idea express the opinion that there is virtually no need for a President as the government rules the country is the best possible way and the President would, in any case, be merely a ceremonial and symbolic figure of power. Hence, many politicians favor the idea of the new Serbian Constitution sanctioning a weak president, as opposed to a strong president, who is directly elected by the people.
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