Abazovic starts process of forming minority government

Montenegro's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Civic Movement United Reform Action, Dritan Abazovic. [EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC]

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of URA (the Civic Movement United Reform Action) Dritan Abazović has proposed a minority government without the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), led by President Milo Đukanović and the pro-Serbian Democratic Front (DF).

The current government is facing problems as it lost its parliamentary majority because the DF wants ministers in the government, and Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić and other partners are against it.

Forming a minority government as a way out of the political crisis started in December when the URA signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Albanian and Bosniak parties.

“That model will be offered to 81 deputies with the desire for the consensus to be as broad as possible, and it would be good for at least 49 of them to support it,” Abazović said.

On Monday, the Socialist People’s Party (SNP) announced the concept of a minority government as a possible solution to break the impasse. The Social Democrats (SD) support any well-intentioned initiative, as does the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Democratic Montenegro, led by Speaker Aleksa Bečić, does not support the initiative. DF is ready for dialogue with those who want to hold a no-confidence vote in the government, while DPS has not reacted to the situation.

Montenegrin leaders need to decide on whether there will be minority governments, said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Envoy for the Balkans Gabriel Escobar in an interview with the Voice of America.

“Washington has made it clear what it expects, hoping that Montenegro will remain a Western-oriented country, a firm member of NATO and that it will continue to make progress on the path to EU membership,” he said, noting that DF does not share those values.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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