Mon­tene­gro’s vet­eran PM Djukanovic step­ping down

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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