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Montenegro sets presidential vote for 19 March



Montenegro’s parliament speaker has designated 19 March as the date for a presidential election to end President Milo Djukanovic’s long-term rule. Djukanovic is the leader of the Adriatic nation over the past 30 years.

The office of President is mostly ceremonial. However, it could be re-elected to end the long-running political impasse that began when Djukanovic, citing procedural mistakes, rejected the idea for a new prime minister-designate.

Miodrag Leksic, a veteran politician, was disqualified from the position of premier after Dritan Absazovic, the incumbent Prime Minister, moved for no confidence.

This was the second motion in no confidence in government for the year.

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Djukanovic claimed Lekic was the PM designate under new legislation. Djukanovic rejected his proposal for a government.

Montenegro is an NATO member and a candidate to the European Union. But politics in Montenegro are marred by a rift between those who identify as Montenegrins and those who identify as Serbs and oppose Montenegro’s separation from an ex­state union with Serbia.


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