Former secret police chief nominated for Montenegro premiership

Duško Marković [CdM]

Montenegro’s president has named a former head of the secret police as the prime minister-designate who will try to form a new government.

Duško Marković, 58, is also the deputy leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists and one of the most trusted allies of Milo Djukanović, the leader of the DPS.

The DPS emerged as the single strongest party in Montenegro’s 81-seat parliament after an election on 16 October, but it lost its majority. It is now seeking an alliance with a small Social Democrat party (SDCG) and parties that represent national minorities, which would give it a majority of only two seats.

The major opposition parties rejected holding any talks with Milo Djukanović, whom they accused of corruption and authoritarianism during his 25 years as either president or prime minister. The DPS nominated Marković to become premier instead.

In a statement yesterday (9 November), President Vujanović said he nominated Marković as a candidate from the strongest party.

“Duško Marković should be the prime minister-designate who will be devoted to (European) integrations and economic prosperity,” Vujanović said.

Montenegro, a former Yugoslav republic, recently joined NATO and hopes to become a member of the European Union.

Montenegro becomes NATO’s 29th member

NATO will sign an accession agreement with Montenegro today (19 May), paving the way for the small Balkan country to become the trans-Atlantic alliance’s 29th member state, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

The Commission published yesterday its annual accession progress reports concerning the countries on their way to EU accession, including Montenegro. The report says the October elections were held in a “more participatory and transparent manner” than usual. It also says Montenegro “has achieved some degree of preparation” in various fields, such as the fight against corruption or organised crime.

Recently a special prosecutor said a group of “Russian nationalists” had planned to assassinate Prime Minister Milo Djukanović in order to get an opposition party into power.

Montenegro says it foiled Russian-backed plan to kill PM Djukanovic

A special prosecutor investigating an alleged plot to sway last month’s election in Montenegro said on 6 November a group of “Russian nationalists” had planned to assassinate Prime Minister Milo Djukanović in order to get an opposition party into power.

A Russian government spokesperson strongly denied the allegation.  Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday he hoped Montenegro would pursue a balanced foreign policy and maintain ties with Russia.

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