Montenegro celebrates ten years of independence

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Montenegro celebrates May 21st today – Day of Independence. It marks ten years since Montenegro has reinstated itself as a sovereign country, in May 2006.

Celebration of ten years of independence of Montenegro will be marked with manifestations on Saturday, at the Independence Square in Podgorica.

At the celebration, which is set to begin at 20h, citizens will hear the Prime MInister Milo Đukanović and President of Council of Europe Donald Tusk.

Set to take part in the jubilee are: Montenegrin Symphonic Orchestra under the leadership of Grigorije Krasko; Montenegrin Choir Ensemble made of students from Musical Academy of University of Montenegro, students of Musical School „Vasa Pavić“ from Podgorica and singers Olivera Tičević, sopran; Vasa Stajkić, baritone and Miroslav Ilić, harmonics.

According to official data, voter turnout at 2006 referendum was 86,5% or 419.240 citizens.

Montenegrin independence was supported by 230.661 or 55,5%, while the rest voted to stay in an union with Serbia.

At the behalf of EU, Slovakian diplomat Miroslav Lajčak coordinated negotiations between two blocks prior to referendum.

The burning question of negotiations was the matter of majority needed to vote independence.

On March 1st, Parliament of Montenegro passed a Law on referendum. Law settled the majority at 55,5%.

The question on the ticket was: Do you want Republic of Montenegro to be an independent country with full international and legal subjectivity.

The Law said that should referendum fail to see voters make a decision on the state and legal status of Montenegro, plebiscite could be repeated after three years.

At the session of March 2nd, Parliament of Montenegro decided that referendum be held on May 21st, based on the suggestion of the President Filip Vujanović.

The President of Republican Referendum Committee RRK was Slovakian František Lipka.

The right to vote at the referendum was given to citizens who had voter’s rights. According to RRK, 484.718 citizens had a right to vote.

Referendum voting was oversaw by 3.400 observers, 2.270 nationals and 630 foreign. National and international media houses following the Referendum.

The Parliament of Montenegro passed a Law on state holidays, that marked May 21st as a Day of Independence.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro