Separation of the Montenegrin opposition scene continues

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Podgorica, March 13, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Adnan Prekic

Divisions among the Montenegrin opposition parties is continuing. Most powerful opposition group “Democratic Front” has remained without its leader. Miodrag Lekic, a joint opposition candidate in the presidential election has left the Democratic Front and announced the formation of his own political party. This is just a continuation of the division of the Montenegrin opposition, because they previously occurred in the two opposition parties.

Following the local elections in May last year, the opposition had never been closer to a victory over the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. Democratic Party of Socialists in coalition with the nationalist parties of minority peoples was not allowed to form a government in the capital Podgorica. The smaller members of the ruling coalition at state level, the Social Democratic Party, was ready on the local coalition with the rest of the opposition. Everything was agreed, but all was lost overnight. After the failure in the formation of the local authorities in Podgorica, began mutual accusations and conflicts in the opposition. The Social Democratic Party changed their mind and established authorities in Podgorica with the Democratic Party of Socialists.

The division of the opposition began with a rift in “Positive Montenegro”. This party is divided between two parts. The part of the leadership of Positive Montenegro has left the party and the pro-Western-oriented intellectuals founded the “Unified reform actions”.

Following that, a division occurred in the former strongest opposition party “Socialist People’s Party”. Part of the leadership accused the leader of the party Srdjan Milic for cooperation with Djukanovic and announced the formation of a new political party. Even before that, former president Predrag Bulatovic who was the leader of the opposition that opposed the independence of Montenegro, had left the party.

The latest split occurred in the “Democratic Front”. This wide political coalition made a huge success in the parliamentary elections of 2012 and became the strongest opposition political structure. The main reason for their success was the arrival of Miodrag Lekic at the head of the political groups. Lekic, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and the Ambassador of Italy, was the most popular politician and with insignificant difference has lost the presidential election from Filip Vujanovic. Lekic requested that “Democratic Front” grow into a homogeneous political party. The political parties which formed a “Democratic Front” have been opposed to that idea. After an unsuccessful compromise, Lekic left this political club. Lekic is now planning to form his own party and opposition and continue further engagement.

Disagreements in the opposition have occured the moment the coalition of the two parties that form the government came to crisis. Relations within the ruling coalition between the Democratic Party of Socialists and Social Democrats had never been worse. It was the leader of the Social Democrat Ranko Krivokapic who said that the expectation of invitation for NATO membership is the only reason for maintaining the coalition. Precisely, obtaining or failure to receive an invitation to join NATO could be a signal for new elections. Many analysts believe that parliamentary elections by the end of the year are quite certain.

Source: Independent Balkan News Agency (Montenegro)