Montenegro’s veteran PM Djukanovic stepping down
Montenegro’s veteran leader Milo Djukanovic will not continue as prime minister in the next government according to his party, which topped recent parliamentary polls. The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) late Tuesday said the party’s management had decided to propose Djukanovic’s deputy and former national security chief, Dusko Markovic, as candidate for prime minister-designate. A party committee was expected to approve the decision later. Markovic, a close ally of Djukanovic, would then be tasked with forming a new government after the DPS took just 36 of the 81 seats in parliament, meaning it requires coalition partners to rule. Djukanovic, who was set to remain party leader, has long dominated the small Balkan country, serving several times as premier and once as president since 1991. The 54-yearold twice previously stepped down as prime minister but retained party leadership-once in 2006 and again in 2010 both times returning to power after a two-year break.