Montenegro holding parliamentary election on Sunday

Montenegro is holding a parliamentary election on Sunday, the tenth since the introduction of a multi-party system and the fourth since it gained independence, and the vote will be a sort of referendum for or against NATO and European Union membership.

A total of 530,840 eligible voters will elect 81 deputies from 17 slates.

At all previous elections, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) has been a convincing winner with its coalition partners, mainly minority parties and the Social Democrats, but this year the situation will probably be uncertain until the very end, primarily because of a strong opposition, which those in power claim is financed from Moscow and by Russian, Serbian and Montenegrin tycoons.

The key roles will be held by DPS and two opposition alliances, the Democratic Front and the Key coalition.

The Croatian Civic Initiative, the only party representing Croats' interests in Montenegro, stood by DPS in the last election and had a minister without a portfolio in the government.

Analysts predict that, in case the ruling coalition is defeated, the country will make a complete turnaround in its foreign policy and that this could foment nationalist tensions, internal instability and the spreading of the crisis to the region.

Montenegro has opened 25 policy chapters in its EU accession negotiations, provisionally closing two, which makes it the most successful in the region. Also, eight NATO member countries have signed Montenegro's accession protocol, a process expected to be completed early next year.

Last update: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 12:37
Author: 

More from Balkan

Serbian minister calls on EU to react to 'expansion of fascism' in Croatia

Serbian Labour and Social Welfare Minister Aleksandar Vulin on Sunday called on Europe to react to "the expansion of...

Croatian Civil Society of Montenegro celebrates 15th anniversary

The Croatian Civil Society of Montenegro (HCDCG) celebrated the 15 anniversary of its existence in Kotor on Saturday...

Iranian migrant shot and wounded in Serbia

Serbian police on Saturday confirmed reports that an Iranian migrant was wounded in a shooting near the border with...

Trial of the 'Butcher of Bosnia' nearing end

Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial reaches a climax next week, is a former Serb army commander whose brutish...

Slovenian police catch 30 illegal migrants

Slovenian police caught 30 illegal migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, including six minors and a child, near...