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Miroslav Škoro, a popular singer/songwriter and composer, said he wanted the president to have stronger constitutional powers since it is the only office that represents the entire nation and which is directly elected by the people.

"The only person in our political system that represents the entire nation, and the only one which is still directly elected by the people, is the President of the Republic," said Škoro in his recorded message.

"While I was deciding about running in these presidential elections, that particular constitutional provision was stuck in my mind. Power comes from the people and belongs to the people. Today, Croatia is controlled by a party system whereby the government is exchanged between the two largest parties and their partners; and where there's always the chance of a major coalition government. In parliamentary elections, voters can only elect a single candidate, while everyone else in parliament is appointed at the behest of the party leadership," he said.

The first reactions to Škoro's candidacy for president followed shortly after his announcement. Analysts from Croatia's two major dailies were among the first to discuss Škoro's candidacy.

Davor Ivanković from Večernji list said Škoro counted himself among the people in society who were angry with the scandals and misdeeds that have plagued the Croatian political system over the past two decades: "He's angry with the HDZ and he's angry with the SDP. He's simply angry with all the corruption."

Jutarnji List columnist Ivanka Toma, on the other hand, believes the singer is launching his campaign because he wants to be a powerful leader like the ones Croatia had in the past. "At the same time," she continued, "that particular message is still being analyzed." Toma cited the initial reaction from constitutional experts was that Škoro has a "misunderstanding of the constitution and the position to which he is running."

Source: HRT