Montenegrin opposition suspected to have paid ‘golden vote’ to take down government

DPS party leader, and Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović. [EPA-EFE/VIRGINIA MAYO]

Deputies from the Social Democratic Party, the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led by President Milo Đukanović, the Liberal Party, the Social Democrats, the Bosniak Party and the Albanian List signed a proposal to hold a no-confidence vote in the government led by Zdravko Krivokapić, which is missing one crucial vote.

So far, the proposal has been signed by 40 National Assembly’s 81 MPs, meaning the opposition needs one MP from the majority camp for it to succeed.

It is speculated that DPS paid tens of millions of euros to secure the “golden vote”.

In the event Krivokapić’s government were to fall, political circles mention the possibility of forming a minority government backed by deputies from United Reform Action (URA), led by Dritan Abazović, now Deputy Prime Minister, without Đukanović’s DPS. Krivokapić cancelled the meetings in Brussels due to the parliamentary session.

(Željko Trkanjec |

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