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Montenegro parliament to vote on no-confidence motion against prime minister

On Wednesday, opposition parties and a group from Montenegro’s governing coalition proposed a motion of no confidence in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić. 

“The prime minister … has jeopardized cooperation between executive and legislative bodies and that … led to the institutional and political crisis,” the motion said, according to Reuters.

The motion came from 31 deputies from opposition parties including the Democratic Socialist Party, which is the party of Montenegro’s President Milo Djukanovic, as well as from Black on White, a pro-European group from the ruling coalition, Reuters added.

The motion, which would need the support of at least 41 of the 81 lawmakers in the assembly, must be voted on by mid-February, Reuters reported. 

Since December 2020, Krivokapić’s government has resisted pressure from feuding coalitions to replace his mostly technocratic Cabinet with more politicians, the wire service said. 

In a parliamentary election in 2020, the ruling coalition, which is made up of pro-Serb and pro-European alliances, won by a small margin. In that election, the coalition knocked Djukanovic’s socialist party out of the position of power it had held for 30 years. Next year, Djukanovic will also face reelection, Reuters noted. 

Montenegro is a small Adriatic country of only about 680,000 people. It is a member of NATO with hopes of joining the European Union.

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