Montenegro Opposition Tells MP to Quit Parliament

29 Sep 15
Montenegro Opposition Tells MP to Quit Parliament

The opposition Democratic Front on Monday called on all opposition MPs to boycott parliament until the government agrees to new elections.

Vijesti, Beta

As Montenegrin opposition parties on Monday continued their protest in front of parliament in Podgorica, Slaven Radunovic, an opposition Democratic Front MP, urged all opposition MPs to boycott parliament until new elections are called.

The Podgorica-based daily Vijesti said Radunovic also urged the opposition to demand better election rules, saying that the ruling parties are favoured by the current system.

“We have chosen the path of protests which gave results in all former dictatorships,” Radunovic said.

Protesters in Podgorica. | Photo: Democratic front Facebook page

Vijesti reported police sources as saying that around 1,500 people gathered in front of parliament on Monday while opposition leaders insist that several thousand protesters attended.

The protesters set up around 400 tents, announcing that would not leave before their demands are met.

The Democratic Front said around 500 people including party leaders spent the night between Sunday and Monday in the tents.

The Podgorica authorities have said that the deadline for the protest to end is October 4 and the protest organisers will have to vacate the area after it expires.

The Democratic Front started the latest protests on Sunday when thousands of people gathered in front of the parliament, demanding the new elections.

They accuse Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic’s government of corruption, undemocratic practices and election fraud.

Opposition leaders said the peaceful protests would continue daily at 6.30pm until Djukanovic resigns.

They also demand the creation of an interim government to organise what they say would be Montenegro’s “first ever free and fair elections”.

The rallies are being secured by a large number of police. The government has ignored the opposition demands so far.

The opposition is also planning a series of anti-Djukanovic rallies across the country.

He has been in power since 1991, the longest serving leader in the Balkans and indeed, Europe.

The current coalition government was formed after the 2012 elections. It comprises Djukanovic’s Democratic Party of Socialists, the Social Democratic Party, and three ethnic minority parties. The next general election is not due until spring next year.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)