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Poll: Montenegrins Demand Government Resignation and NATO Referendum

22.01.2016 17:13

Mass protests have been continuing in Montenegro for half a year. Economic crisis in the country as well as PM Milo Djukanovic's plans on NATO integration lead thousands of people into the streets to demand regime change. Continuing rallies and protests forced the country's leadership to hold a special session during which MPs will put the issue of confidence to the government on vote. The long-awaited event for the thousands of Montenegrins will be held on Monday, January 25. PM Milo Djukanovic's government needs at least 41 votes to stay in power.

According to the deputy chairman of the "New Serbian Democracy" party, the member of the Assembly (Parliament of Montenegro) Strahinja Bulaic, current Montenegrin government will hardly receive the necessary 41 votes. "The situation in the country is extremely unstable: Montenegro is in deep political and economic crisis. We hope Djukanovic's government will retire after 27 years in power. The country has a serious opposition bloc, which will do its best to make it real. I think that Montenegro will see changes soon," – said Bulaich in an interview to Russian Peacekeeper.

Russian Peacekeeper decided to find out how many Montenegrins support current government. Over 10,000 respondents took part in online survey, among them were residents of the four largest cities of Podgorica, Niksic, Bar and Cetinje. According to the poll, 69% of the population openly mistrust Djukanovic's government. It is caused by deep economic crisis and lack of social reform. 20% of respondents view the government's activities as "satisfactory", 11% abstained.

On the day of parliamentary vote opposition activists and citizens will gather near the government building to call for government's resignation and holding a national referendum on accession to NATO.

"We will call upon Montenegrins to continue the rally for as long as the "political trade" in the government continues. Corruption in political circles is thriving as never before. We will work hard for the referendum. Montenegro will not become a member of NATO against the will of its citizens." - said Slaven Radunovic, one of the "Democratic Front" leaders.

The respondents of our study were also asked to express their attitude toward the prospect their country's accession to NATO.

73% of citizens oppose the NATO accession, 15% support the Government's policy of integration into the Alliance, 12% abstained.

The study shows that Montenegrins' disaffection grows equally to Djukanovic's cabinet rapprochement with NATO. It is obvious that anti-government opposition rallies will continue as long as the government does not hear vox populi.