TUZ, Montenegro, 21 December 2010 -- Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, the longest-serving leader in the Balkans, has resigned.
"The conditions have been created for me to step down," he said, adding that he would stay "at the helm of the Democratic Party of Socialists". He has proposed Finance Minister Igor Luksic as his successor, Reuters news agency reports.
Djukanovic, speaking at a press conference, said that he was tired, and that he may not have always made the right decisions but that he had always given his best effort.
This is Djukanovic's second withdrawal after he stepped down as prime minister in 2006. He subsequently returned to office in February 2008. Before that departure, Djukanovic served three consecutive terms as prime minister, from 1991 to 1998, and was the country's president from 1998 to 2002.