Montenegro Opposition Offers SDP Role in New Govt

22 May 15

Montenegro Opposition Offers SDP Role in New Govt

As the two governing parties in Montenegro quarrel ever more openly, the opposition Democratic Front is busily wooing the junior ruling Social Democrats.

Dusica Tomovic


The opposition alliance, the Democratic Front, on Thursday announced that it is inviting the leaders of the junior ruling party, the Social Democratic Party, to help them form a “crisis government” and to replace the government led by the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, for the last 25 years.

The alliance said it was also counting on the support of the SDP in the organization of anti-government protests this summer.

The opposition has called on the SDP to join the initiative to organize the ‘first fair general election” after the party, led by speaker of the parliament, Ranko Krivokapic, slated the government’s performance in reforming the judiciary and electorial regulations and over the state of media freedom.

Last month, the Democratic Front launched a campaign to promote its plan for mass anti-Djukanovic protests across the country, visiting the least developed municipalities in the north.

It says that once the “crisis government” is formed, the party will come out with precise measures on economic recovery to be offered in the form of a “contract with the people”.

“After 25 years of lies, deception, robbery, corruption and division, Montenegrins should have an honest, professional, responsible and courageous government that will implement radical reforms,” the party said.

The opposition has called on the SDP to cooperate only a week after Djukanovic launched an attack on his coalition allies, describing it as a “masochistic” relationship.

He said the SDP was deceiving the public by remaining part of a government that it wants to “tear down” by voting with opposition MPs on important laws in recent years.

He also said that the coalition with the SDP, agreed 15 years ago, was only held together by mutual support for Montenegro’s bid to join NATO.

The current government was elected on December 2012. It comprises Milo Djukanovic’s DPS, the SDP, and three ethnic minority parties. Regular general elections are not due till next spring.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)