profile 31 Oct 16

Dusko Markovic: Keeper of Montenegro’s Secrets

Former intelligence chief Dusko Markovic could become Montenegro's new PM, in what looks like a manoeuvre to strengthen the shaken power of the current elite.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica
Dusko Markovic. Photo: gov.me.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic’s announcement that he is stepping down in favour of his Deputy Prime Minister, Dusko Marovic, has hardly come as a surprise.

There has been speculation about such a move since January, when Djukanovic barely survived a vote of confidence and only just cobbled together a new majority in parliament.

Since then, Djukanovic has hinted that he might quit the post he has held for more than 25 years, and Markovic - Djukanovic’s close ally for decades - is an ideal replacement.

Markovic was nominated Prime Minister-designate after the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, scored yet another election victory on October 16.

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