Sunčica Dragaš

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Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

PERIODIKA

ELECTION ANALYSIS: THE 2017 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN SERBIA

The presidential election was held in Serbia on 2 April 2017. The political system in Serbia is a semi-presidential system in which the President of the Republic has relatively minor formal legal competencies and power. What definitely determines the power and authority of the President is the question of whether he/she is also the president of the party with the majority in the parliament. Serbia has taken on different forms of the semi-presidential system (presidential/prime ministerial) in the three previous mandates/periods. In addition to the current Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, 10 other candidates also ran for President. Aleksandar Vučić won the presidency in the first round of the election for the President of the Republic of Serbia with 55.08% of the votes. The second candidate won 16.36% of the votes. As a consequence of the election, the political system in Serbia will move toward the presidential system.

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