Thursday, December 10, 2009
Djukanovic Announces Withdrawal from Politics
Podgorica | 10 December 2009 | Bojana Barlovac
Montenegrin Prime Minister and President of Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Milo Djukanovic is planning to step down from all state and party functions by the end of the year, Montenegrin media reports.
Djukanovic voiced his possible withdrawal from political and party life in an interview with Reuters.
The prime minister expressed his hope that the country will gain EU candidate status in 2010. Even if the country completes EU negotiations within three years, as the he hopes, he does not expect to stay in office that long.
"I don't think it is necessary to carry out my whole mandate as prime minister," Reuters quoted Djukanovic as saying. He went on to say that he had "given enough to politics, more than 20 years".
If this happens, it would be Djukanovic's second withdrawal since he stepped down as Prime Minister in 2006 and returned to the office in February 2008. Before that, Djukanovic served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister from 1991 to 1998 and was the country's President from 1998 to 2002.
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