Originally Posted by ne znam ali mozda
Guess Serbia going towards Turkey's way recently.
Before: Strong PM, ceremonial President.
Now: Puppet/Weak PM, strong President who controls the state, party and the media.
Such a shame for both nations...I was there in Belgrade last year during parliamentary elections, (end of April) and my local friend there told me in the election night that when he went to vote in the morning, he saw people taking photos of their ballots just to get some money in exchange.
As a Turk, these are not unheard to me of course.
Serbia is too small and by now too integrated with its vicinity and broader Europe to even attempt to lead any kind of strong independent policy like Turkey who is a regional power. Each election Vucic says 'I will probably lose' and ends up winning. If you limit your news to the social networks you would surely conclude he is by far the most hated man in the country, ask Time Violation
I don't believe Vucic would ever try to change the constitution to expand his powers. Of course he is the most powerful politician in the country, by virtue of leading the party that obliterated the lazy ass opposition during the last two cycles. As for the corruption it is endemic and the greatest problem, I can just hope it can be mitigated because I'm pretty sure it will never be eliminated. We still have serious structural problems, it is not about personalities. Vucic has come out as a person who can appease the conservatives while making some important moves towards the EU. It is a curious thing found all across the Balkans: the right wing parties often can get away with bolder moves, that the left parties would be crucified for.