(MENAFN- AzerNews) Montenegro's President Milo Djukanovic on Thursday issued a
decree dissolving the parliament, paving the way for a new
parliamentary election in the Adriatic country months after he
refused to give a mandate to a new government.
The acting government of Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic lost a
no-confidence parliamentary vote in August, in the second such
motion last year. The president must dissolve parliament if a new
prime minister designate is not confirmed three months after such a
vote, and call a new parliamentary vote the next day.
Djukanovic has refused a new prime minister-designate proposed
by the parliamentary majority, citing procedural errors.
Djukanovic, who has held high-ranking political posts in
Montenegro for the last 30 years and is seeking a third term in a
presidential election on Sunday, must set a date for a new
parliamentary vote to be held 60 to 100 days after his decree.
Djukanovic led Montenegro to its independence from the
Serbia-Montenegro state union in 2006, secured NATO membership and
put it on the road towards joining the European Union, but
opponents accuse him and his DPS party of corruption and links to
organised crime - charges he denies.
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