Montenegrin opposition refuses to recognize election result

The Montenegrin opposition said Monday evening that it will not recognize the result of parliamentary elections because of the influence of an alleged anti-terrorist raid carried out by police, the daily Vijesti reported online.

The four parties will not acknowledge the result because of what they said were massive abuses, including a statement that 20 Serbian nationals were arrested over terrorist plans to destabilize the country on the day of the election.

The four opposition parties, which won 39 or 40 of the 81 seats in parliament, demanded an international probe into the allegations of a terrorist plan.

Montenegro's combined opposition, which is partly pro-Russian, has long opposed the course towards NATO and EU membership set by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his Democratic Party of Socialists, who declared victory after they won at least 35 seats.

Djukanovic, 54, and his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) - in power since the first multi-party polls in Montenegro in 1991 - are expected to control the majority in the 81-seat parliament.

Early on Monday Djukanovic said Montenegro remains on track for NATO and EU membership.

“With our 36 seats and ... our traditional partners, the coalition for the European future of Montenegro will doubtlessly have at least 42 seats,” he told supporters celebrating the win.

“As soon as official results are declared, we will start negotiations with partners and soon establish the new government,” Djukanovic added.

There are no official result yet - only projections from election monitoring agencies. According to final projections by the Centre for Monitoring and Research (CEMI), the DPS will have 35 seats, one less than claimed by Djukanovic.

The allies Djukanovic referenced took six votes: two each for the Social Democrats of Montenegro and the Muslim Bosniaks, and a single vote each for the Albanian and Croatian minority representatives. By this math, the DPS would have a razor-thin, single-vote majority.

In the opposition, the Democratic Front has 18 seats, according to the projection, the Kljuc (key) coalition and Democrats of Montenegro nine each and the Social Democratic Party five.

The multi-party opposition has urged minority representatives to join their ranks to form the new cabinet.

However this would require a common platform for a handful of parties and groups with little in common, aside from the goal of toppling Djukanovic.

Last update: Mon, 17/10/2016 - 23:14
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