Montenegro’s opposition to file no-confidence motion against government

Montenegro’s opposition to file no-confidence motion against government
To be successful, the parliamentary motion has to be supported by 41 MPs.
By bne IntelliNews March 3, 2016

Representatives of several opposition parties plan to file a no-confidence motion against prime minister Milo Djukanovic, news service CDM reported on March 2.

The move comes after on January 27 the government won a confidence vote, with the support of 40 MPs. 20 MPs voted against the government, and the opposition Democratic Front (DF) boycotted both the debate and the vote. Djukanovic and representatives of most opposition parties then initiated a series of talks on possible participation of all parties in the government. However, the talks failed in February as Djukanovic refused to give the opposition more control over state broadcaster RTCG.

The no-confidence motion will be filed by the DF with the support of the Socialist People's Party (SNP), and Demokratska Crna Gora, which met on March 2 to discuss joint steps to set conditions for fair and free elections. The DF has so far boycotted the work of the parliament.

One of the leaders of the DF, Strahija Bulajic, presented to journalists in Podgorica a plan for joint opposition actions, approved at the meeting of the three opposition parties. According to the plan, the opposition should boycott the work of the parliament and should not participate in new negotiations with Djukanovic on possible power sharing. Also, the opposition should organize joint protests.

In order to be successful, the motion has to be supported by 41 MPs. According to Bulajic, the chances are good for the opposition to win the vote.

Since first taking power, Djukanovic has been either Montenegro’s president or prime minister for 19 of the last 25 years, twice returning to politics after announcing his retirement. However, the general elections that are expected to be called in the autumn of 2016 are likely to be unpredictable as the coalition between his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which has supported Djukanovic for some 18 years, collapsed. The SDP voted against Djukanovic on January 27.

Local analysts believe that the collapse of the DPS-SDP coalition will lead to a realignment of the political scene in Montenegro.

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