The defeat of the ruling party of Montenegro in the last parliamentary elections is natural, its leader and head of state Milo Djukanovic has been trying for decades to turn a country with thousands of years of religious and state traditions into a pro-Western protectorate, says Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.
Earlier, the President of Montenegro and the leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been ruling for over 30 years, Milo Djukanovic, did not agree to admit defeat in the last parliamentary elections and urged to wait for the official results.
“The defeat of Djukanovic is absolutely natural, since this politician has been trying for decades to break the civilizational code of Montenegro, to turn a country with millennial religious and state traditions into a pro-Western protectorate,” Panina told RIA Novosti.
“It is in his asset – the breakdown of the alliance with Serbia, the turn of foreign policy on an anti-Russian trajectory, and, finally, joining NATO. An attempt to ban the canonical Church and organize a church schism according to the Ukrainian scenario became the last straw that overflowed the cup of the Montenegrins’ patience”, – stressed the parliamentarian.
At the same time, according to the politician, the defeat of Djukanovic in the elections is not so much the end of the regime he created as the beginning of a long process of Montenegro’s return to its humanitarian values, to its identity.
“Djukanovic’s opponents face difficult coalition negotiations, and Djukanovic will try to manipulate politicians in order to split the coalition with promises and thunderstorms. In this situation, the opposition needs to show adherence to principles and bring the matter to an end,” Panina said.
The Electoral Commission of Montenegro published the preliminary results of the elections, which need to be approved, according to them the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) gets 35.06% of the vote, the largest opposition coalition “For the Future of Montenegro” – 32.55%. The opposition coalition around the Democrats party won third place with 12.53% of the vote, followed by the coalition of the opposition movement URA – 5.53% of the vote.
The coalition partners of the ruling DPS, the Social Democrats, have the support of 4.1% of voters, the former coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party, 3.14%. The rest of the votes went to the parties of the Boshniak (Slavic-Muslim) and Albanian national minorities.