Constitutional challenges of presidential powers in Serbia

Since the reemerging of multi-party system in 1990, Serbia is constantly facing difficulties and challenges concerning the powers and the political/social role of the President. In the last 30 years, the position of the head of the state has been changings depending on the person holding the office. This has serious consequences in the sense of distortion of the constitutional-political system on one hand and the absolute impossibility to predict such occurrences on the other. The reasons lay in the certain provisions and omissions of the Constitution, the generally low level of political culture and the fact that political elites use these possibilities to significantly relocate the center of decision-making from the institutions to political parties. The paper tries to identify those weak spots within the constitutional framework and offer some possible solutions, which could help improve the constitutional system integrity in Serbia.