nation’s authorities toppled in no-confidence vote


Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic’s cupboard has grow to be essentially the most short-lived within the nation’s historical past

The parliament of Montenegro handed a no-confidence movement on the federal government of Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic on Saturday. Along with his premiership ending after simply 4 months, Abazovic was the shortest-serving chief since Montenegro’s independence from Serbia in 2006.

After a 12-hour sitting of parliament that started on Friday, 50 out of 81 MPs voted towards Abazovic’s coalition authorities, ending his tenure as prime minister. 

The vote was known as by the Democratic Social gathering of Socialists (DPS) of President Milo Djukanovic, after Abazovic signed an settlement with the Serbian Orthodox Church earlier this month. Critics of the pact say it offers particular rights to the church that aren’t prolonged to different religions.

Serbs, a majority of whom opposed Montenegro’s independence from Serbia in 2006, make up round a 3rd of Montenegro’s inhabitants. Professional-European Montenegrins see the Serbian church as a channel of Serbian and Russian affect within the nation.

Abazovic, an ethnic Albanian, insisted that the deal would resolve non secular disputes and permit his authorities to concentrate on assembly the EU’s necessities for membership. Montenegro has been an EU candidate nation since 2010, however a 2021 report by the European Fee discovered that the nation had made solely restricted progress in tackling political infighting, judicial corruption, and arranged crime, significantly tobacco smuggling and cash laundering.

Addressing lawmakers after the no-confidence movement, Abazovic instructed that felony teams influenced the vote. 

“This nation will probably be dominated both by criminals or by residents,” he stated. “And I am sorry … that organized crime in Montenegro nonetheless makes use of its tentacles to control political relations.”

Djukanovic, who has served as both president or prime minister of Montenegro for many of the previous three many years, has lengthy been accused of ties to organized crime, and was named within the 2021 Pandora Papers leak as funneling money to a number of offshore trusts. Djukanovic has additionally been accused of anti-Serb discrimination, significantly after his occasion sponsored a legislation in 2019 that might have transferred a lot of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s property to the state of Montenegro.

As lawmakers brawled over the proposed laws, Djukanovic, a staunch pro-Westerner, known as protesting Serbs “lunatics.”

Abazovic will probably stay in workplace till a successor is chosen or snap elections are known as. He’s the second successive Montenegrin premier to be defeated by a no-confidence vote this yr, after Zdravko Krivokapic’s authorities was ousted in February. Krivokapic, who backed the Orthodox church towards the 2019 legislation, had been in workplace simply over a yr.

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