“I use the opportunity to remind that all parliamentary parties and the Assembly of Montenegro have an obligation to elect members of the Judicial Council and judges of the Constitutional Court as soon as possible, and thus overcome the institutional crisis in the judicial system”, stated Djukanovic.
The President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, submitted a proposal to shorten the mandate of the 27th convocation of the Parliament of Montenegro.
In a letter addressed to the President of the Assembly, Danijela Djurovic, he said that the representatives of the Democratic Front (DF), Democratic Montenegro (DEM), Socialist People’s Party (SNP) and the Citizens’ Movement URA did not respond to the call for consultations.
“I could not accept the proposal to entrust the mandate for the composition of the Government to Mr. Miodrag Lekic, which Mr. Andrija Mandic sent to me yesterday on behalf of the parties that won the majority of mandates in the 2020 elections, because I believe that all the necessary conditions have not been met”, said Djukanovic.
He reminded that the public was informed by certain representatives of the parties that participated in the constitution of that proposal that it received only verbal support, and that the deputies of URA, SNP and CIVIS did not sign their support.
“I remind you that during the appointment of the mandate holder for the composition of the 42nd Government (Zdravko Krivokapic), representatives of the three winning coalitions (“For the future of Montenegro, “Peace is our nation” and “Black in White”) participated in the consultation process and attached the signatures of the support of the majority of 41 MPs. Also, during the appointment of the representative for the composition of the 43rd Government (Dritan Abazovic), the political leaders of the majority of the 46 MPs participated in consultations with the President of the State and unequivocally announced their support for the selection of the Government, which was confirmed in detail at the Parliament session.
Only this time, the leaders of the coalition who claim to have the majority did not respond to the consultations. They did not even attach the signatures of the majority of deputies, and they refer to their previous experience, which is completely different”, said Djukanovic.
He did not, as he says, get the impression that there is a clear majority that would be able to form a Government that would offer solutions to very difficult problems on the financial, economic, legal, institutional and political levels.
“Especially in terms of security, bearing in mind the current crisis in Europe caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which has undoubted implications for the security of the Western Balkans. On the contrary, I believe that there is no political agreement on the formation of the Government (as evidenced by the announcement of the Citizens’ Movement URA, one of the constituents of the alleged majority, from yesterday’s session of the Presidency), which I perceive as an intention to further waste the time in which the negotiations on division would continue departments in the Government and “places in depth”, while during that time the state would additionally collapse”, said Djukanovic.
He adds that based on the above, as well as the conversations he held, but also the fact that the representatives of the parties he mentioned ignored the call for consultations, and the unconvincing proposal he received, which was publicly questioned by some representatives of the parties who claim that they have a majority, informs Danijela Djurovic that the consultative process has clearly shown that there is no reason to nominate a mandate within the deadline provided by the Constitution, who would provide support in the Assembly of Montenegro for the composition of the 44th Government of Montenegro.
“Therefore, in accordance with the constitutional powers, I am submitting a proposal for shortening the mandate of the 27th convocation of the Parliament of Montenegro. I believe that this is the most optimal solution in the given political situation, and that it is in the best interest of all citizens of Montenegro, because it opens up the possibility of organizing early parliamentary elections in the shortest possible time, which will enable the election of a Government that will act in full capacity. The regional and global context, as well as the political and security challenges, economic and financial problems faced by Montenegro, especially in the energy sector, healthcare and other areas, require a competent, responsible and efficient Government that will be dedicated to solving them day and night. I believe that such a Government can only be reached by the decision of the citizens in the elections.
Based on the above, on the basis of Article 90 paragraph 4 of the Constitution of Montenegro and Article 128 paragraph 5 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro, I use the constitutional possibility and submit a request to convene the Parliament of Montenegro on the 27th convocation for the session of the Eleventh Extraordinary Session in 2022, at which agenda item to be the Proposal for shortening the mandate of the 27th convocation of the Assembly. I use this opportunity to remind that all parliamentary parties and the Assembly of Montenegro have an obligation to elect the members of the Judicial Council and judges of the Constitutional Court as soon as possible, and thus overcome the institutional crisis in the judicial system, which is in line with the fulfillment of obligations from Chapters 23 and 24. and achieving the desired dynamics in the negotiation process with the European Union”, concluded Djukanovic./Pobjeda/