Comment 24 Mar 17

Montenegro’s Politicians Play High-Stakes Political Game

With the pro-Russian opposition using boycotts and protests in an attempt to thwart the country’s accession to NATO, the government must act wisely to avoid any further political destablisation.

Miodrag Vlahovic

Miodrag Vlahovic.

Awaiting the finalisation of its NATO Accession Protocol ratification, Montenegro is faced with a series of political disputes and opposition forces' attempts to disrupt its fragile political stability.

Parliamentary elections, held in October last year, have produced a peculiar political situation, in which opposition parties, led by the anti-NATO and pro-Russian Democratic Front (DF), are still boycott ing the Montenegrin legislature.

Initially, the DF and its political allies tried to form a government of their own, asking Bosniak and other minority parties to join them.

Once it was clear that they were rejected, the DF and its partners proclaimed that the results of the October elections are illegitimate and null.

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