Parliament speaker calls presidential elections

Serbian parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović on Thursday in Belgrade called parliamentary elections, after Boris Tadić informed her about his resignation.

Source: Tanjug

The speaker called the presidential elections after Serbian President Boris Tadić sent her a letter informing her about his decision "to cut his mandate short".

Tadić submitted the letter to the Serbian parliament speaker on Thursday morning.

Parliamentary, presidential and local elections in Serbia will be held on May 6.

Đukić-Dejanović promoted to acting president

Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović will temporarily assume the duties of the president of the republic, after Boris Tadić handed in his resignation.

Đukić-Dejanović will take over the competencies envisaged by the Constitution, and will represent Serbia in the country and abroad, receive ambassador accreditations, and propose the presidential candidate to the parliament.

The Constitution also envisages that the parliament speaker performs duties in the area of the country's defense and command over the military.

The duty of the parliament speaker is also to dissolve the parliament in all cases when that should be done by the president, and to issue a decree for every adopted law.

The Constitution and the Law on the President of Serbia also envisage that elections are called by the parliament speaker, which is published in the Official Gazette.

According to the Law on the President of Serbia, the president hands in his written resignation to the parliament speaker, and his mandate stops when the resignation reaches the parliament.

From the day of calling the elections until the polling day no less than 30 and no more than 60 days may elapse.

According to the Constitution, the mandate of the President of the Republic lasts five years and the president cannot be elected to the post more than twice.

Tadić will on May 6 seek his third term - he was elected the first time in 2004 when the provisions of the previous Constitution were in force, and his first mandate lasted four years.

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