End of Season for Milo Dukanovic in Republic of Montenegro

Political Big Bang regarding the political figures who manage the executive power in Republic of Montenegro and control its political scene was created last Thursday, September 3rd, when Milo Dukanovic conceded defeat.

For the first time in twenty-nine years (1991-2020), President Milo Dukanovic’s Democratic Party of Socialists (PDS), which is the designer and implementation of Montenegro’s secession from Serbia and Montenegro’s accession to NATO lost a majority in Parliament, despite his party receiving 35% of the vote in the elections of 28th August, 2020.

by T.C.

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The election period was turbulent and marked by riots and persecutions against the Orthodox Christian Church with arrests of priests and indictments, demolitions of buildings in monasteries and charges against the Orthodox Christian Church. The crisis began with the passage of an ambiguous law on religious freedoms according to which the state now owns all the property of the Orthodox Church.

This fact is also considered the main reason that Milo a large proportion of Montenegrin voters rallied against the pro-Western Milo Dukanovic against him.

Milo  Dukanovic chose to polarise the elections using the dilemma to the Montenegrin people that “the outcome of the elections will signal whether the country will continue on its path to the European Union, or become a theocratic state, so participation in the elections is a moral duty”. 

On the other hand, the Orthodox Christian Church used the example of the USSR, which was dissolved because it was prosecuting the then Orthodox Church, while calling for equal rights and freedoms to be applied in Montenegro and for all citizens to become free people, touting that Milo Dukanovic’s government and Milo Dukanovic himself should be replaced.

The three opposition coalitions won a cumulative 50,7% of the vote and put 41 MPs out of a total of 81 MPs. Which enables them to form a government if they reach an agreement. A scenario that has a good chance of becoming a reality.

With a four-day delay, during which he accused Serbia of improper meddling in the electoral process, Milo Dukanovic conceded defeat last Thursday, paving the way for major changes in Montenegro’s path by the Parliamentary Opposition.

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