PHOTO: MPs’ seats confirmed, but Speaker of Parliament has not been elected

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Inaugural session of the new Parliament of Montenegro has been held in Cetinje today. However, MPs have not voted on the Speaker and the Deputy Speakers of Parliament, so it could not be clear who will be the ruling majority and form the new government.

The session was attended by MPs for the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Social Democrats (SD), the Bosniak Party (BS), the Croatian Civic Initiative (HGI) and Forca. On the other hand, members of the Key coalition, the Democrats, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic Front (DF), as announced, did not come to Cetinje because they believe that the elections were not fair and democratic.

Presenting the report of the State Election Commission (SEC) on the results of the parliamentary elections which were held on 16 October, the commission president Budimir Saranovic said that he was glad that the observation mission positively assessed the elections.

He said that 528,817 citizens had the voting right in Montenegro, and that 388,220 voters exercised that right on 16 October.

According to the SEC, there were 140,597 unused and 5,513 invalid ballots.

DPS won 36 seats, DF 18, the Key coalition 9, the Democrats 8, SDP four, SD and BS won two seats each and the Albanians Resolute coalition and HGI one MP each”, Saranovic said.

The session was attended by outgoing PM Milo Djukanovic, president Filip Vujanovic, the presidents of the supreme and constitutional courts, Vesna Medenica and Desanka Lopicic, the supreme state prosecutor Ivica Stankovic, Ombudsman Sucko Bakovic and the Central Bank governor Radoje Zugic.

The session was chaired by the eldest MP Marija Catovic along with the youngest colleague, Andrija Nikolic.

Photo: Vedran Ilic (Dnevne Novine)

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro