February 15, 2012
Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic
BELGRADE - Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic opened on Wednesday in the hall of the House of National Assembly the exhibition of Serbian Constitutions, ranging from the Sretenje Constitution (1835) to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Serbia (1903), saying that “our past is an obligation for our future.”
“The written word becomes part of togetherness, and theoreticians are debating whether the letter of the Constitution is the most important for the state. Others will argue that life is more important, that a human being is the most important and that justice is above all," Djukic-Dejanovic said, declaring the exhibition open, which marked the beginning of the central celebration of Serbia's Statehood Day.
According to the Parliament Speaker, love towards nation is the most important. She said that Serbia's rich legal history and tradition show that in the period when these constitutions were adopted, Serbia was spreading liberal messages and words of democracy.
The opening of the exhibition was attended by Serbian President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, ministers, Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church Irinej, tennis player Novak Djokovic, diplomats, Serbian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Ljubisa Dikovic, Commander of the Gendarmerie Bratislav Dikovic, Crown Prince Aleksandar and Princess Katarina Karadjordjevic, President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik.
The exhibition comprises original Constitutions of the Principality and Kingdom of Serbia, which were adopted in the period between 1835 and 1903, such as the Constitution of the Principality of Serbia known as the Sretenje Constitution and the 'Turkish Constitution' for the Principality of Serbia (1838).
The Constitution of the Principality of Serbia (1869) and the Constitutions of the Kingdom of Serbia (1888, 1901, and 1903) are also displayed.
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