Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Montenegro PM Milo Djukanovic resigns

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.


Anonymous said...

Until he completely removes himself from politics, including leading the DPS from the sidelines, Montenegro will never escape the shadows of Yugoslavia and her trecherous past.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, he is a sorespot on MZ as long as he is around.

Don't forget that Mili was (is) a member of the previous regime's communist party, and a long-time aid of Milosevic.

He ordered the bombing of UNESCO's heritage site, Dubrovnik in the early 1990's.

He has just as much hate and disdain for Croats and Albanians as Milosevis did.

Anonymous said...

He ordered the bombing of Dubrovnik?

You people are fuckn' retarded.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he did. Check what position Gjukanovic had in Montenegro when his bandits bombed Dubrovnik!?

Anonymous said...

Ne Malesi bisedohet se eshte ne proces te ndertimit te shtepis ne Tuz.

Prej posites se tij, do te vazhdoj te presekutoj e bastardhoj te drejtat tona.

Anonymous said...

Ne Malesi bisedohet se eshte ne proces te ndertimit te shtepis ne Tuz.

Prej posites se tij, do te vazhdoj te presekutoj e bastardhoj te drejtat tona.

Anonymous said...

THE RESIGNATION of the prime minister of Montenegro has resulted in the automatic dissolution of the government.

In a nationally televised press conference, Milo Djukanovic spoke of his achievements, including gaining independence from Serbia in a 2006 referendum, and Montenegro’s acceptance as a candidate country for EU accession, and for Nato.

Born in 1962, Mr Djukanovic first came to prominence as a member of the Montenegrin Communist Youth firebrands, labelled the “young, smart and good looking”, quickly earning himself the nickname “cut-throat” for his razor sharp rhetoric.

On January 10th, 1989, the leaders of the group, known as the “jumperashi” or jumper wearers because of their disdain for the formal uniform of the suited elite, forced out the Montenegrin communist old guard in an administrative putsch engineered by then Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosovic and the Yugoslav intelligence services.

To the surprise of many, Mr Djukanovic, then just 29, was appointed prime minister of Montenegro’s first democratically elected government, beginning two decades as his country’s dominant political figure.

At first, Mr Djukanovic stood solidly behind Milosovic’s “Greater Serbia” project, supporting the assault on Dubrovnik, deporting Bosnian Muslims to certain death in Foca, and declaring the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the war in Bosnia, as “anti-Serb”.

In 1996, sensing the winds of change, Mr Djukanovic began to distance himself from the sinking ship of the Milosovic regime, presenting himself as a “friend of the West” and becoming a supporter of Montenegrin independence.

After a referendum in 2006, Montenegro became the last Republic to leave the Former Yugoslavia, but the first to leave without a shot being fired in anger – a formidable achievement given the fact that one third of the population declared allegiance to Serbia.

Mr Djukanovic’s undoubted political skill and pragmatism have been marred by a cigarette smuggling scandal over which he himself was named as a key suspect in an Italian prosecution. Other controversies dogging him have included human trafficking allegations, persistent perceptions of high-level corruption, links to organised crime and persecution of journalists and high-profile figures in civil society.

Mr Djukanovic has denied he was encouraged to leave office as a prerequisite for Montenegro’s further progress towards EU integration, stating that, on the contrary, several countries had asked him to stay on for the sake of regional stability.