Vote of no confidence topples Montenegro’s government for the second time this year


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Podgorica. On Saturday, Montenegro’s parliament voted for a vote of no confidence in the government led by Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic.

The vote of no confidence was tabled by 36 MPs in protest at the prime minister signing a highly contentious agreement governing relations with the country’s powerful Serbian Orthodox Church.

It is the second time this year that the parliament votes for a vote of no confidence in the government.

In February, the government of former Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic collapsed. It was supported by the Serbian Orthodox Church.

– I am very proud of everything we have done in 100 days, says the now dethroned Prime Minister Abazovic after the vote.

– We will be remembered as the government that lasted the shortest time, but made the most difficult decisions.

Now the country’s president, Milo Djukanovic, must nominate a new prime minister who will form a new government in Montenegro.

The country is a member of Nato, and is also trying to become an EU member.

There is also the possibility that elections will be called in the country.

The political climate in Montenegro, which has a population of about 625,000, has long been marked by divisions between those who identify as Montenegrins and pro-Russian Serbs.

After a debate that lasted for days, the vote of no confidence was adopted when 50 of the 81 members of parliament voted in favor.

The prime minister signed the controversial deal on the church earlier this month despite criticism from pro-Western parties who believed the deal would give the church too much power compared to other faiths.

He insisted that the deal would solve a long-standing problem in the country and help bridge the divide between the parties that favor Montenegro being part of the EU and those that want stronger ties with Russia and Serbia.

According to the Prime Minister, it is criminal groups sponsoring some political parties that were behind the vote of no confidence to thwart an anti-corruption plan.

– This country will either be run by criminals or citizens.

– And I am sad that organized crime in Montenegro still uses its tentacles to regulate political affairs, he says.

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