PODGORICA, Montenegro — Montenegro President Milo Djukanovic on Thursday suggested an opposition leader since the Balkan nation’s new prime minister, paving the way towards the conclusion of his pro-Western celebration’s 30-year rule.
In compliance with his presidential responsibilities, Djukanovic proposed to parliament that resistance leader Zdravko Krivokapic be the second highest.
It wasn’t clear once the parliament will meet to officially confirm the new prime minister.
Krivokapic, a 62-year-old university engineering professor who headed the resistance to the Future of Montenegro from the election, is fresh in politics. He’s a vocal critic of Djukanovic and can be considered near this pro-Russian Serbian Orthodox Church and its leaders in Montenegro.
Krivokapic said following the meeting that the seemingly smooth transition of energy is just another evidence of”improved political civilization” in Montenegro.
The little Adriatic Sea state of 620,000 individuals has become a key Western ally in the Balkans beneath Djukanovic’s leadership. But he and his party have faced allegations of corruption and links to organized crime that they have denied.
But leaders have vowed to strengthen ties with NATO and accelerate the reforms required to join with the European Union.
Djukanovic and his DPS party directed Montenegro to autonomy from Serbia in 2006 and to NATO in 2017, defying strong resistance from Russia. He has three years in power before the fresh presidential election.
“During this election, we were not deciding about the future of the nation. This was done 14 decades back,” Djukanovic said in the meeting. “Therefore we shouldn’t permit that anybody jeopardizes our statehood.”
The leaders of this three-party coalition also have vowed to change contested legislation on religious freedoms that sparked months of protests led by the powerful Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro and gave the opposition a significant boost before the election.