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Montenegrin freedom

24.01.2016 18:27

Slavisa Batko Milacic

On February 1991, Milo Djukanovic was appointed as prime minister of the first democratically elected government in Montenegro. Having just turned 29, Djukanovic was the youngest prime minister in Europe in what was the first salaried position in his life. From then until today, Djukanovic is continuously in power. By 1994 the EU already knew that the tobacco mafia, with whom Djukanovic did business in Europe, was worth 6 to 8 billion dollars a year. Italian prosecutors quickly discovered the mafia role of Djukanovic and so they wanted to prosecute him.

However secret dispatches had also come in from Washington stating that US government wanted the Italian judiciary to suspend all charges against Djukanovic. The key to Milo Djukanovic’s nearly three-decade rule is Washington – indeed the US is the one that (with the help of the CIA) has secured the power of Djukanovic. Such backing comes with a price which Djukanovic is happy to pay. In accordance with US interests, Djukanovic’s main priority today is for Montenegro to join NATO.

The fact that the majority of the Montenegrin people are against NATO does not worry Djukanovic at all. The Parliament of Montenegro adopted a resolution supporting NATO membership, where 50 out of 81 MPs voted in favor of joining. Djukanovic wanted 50 people to decide for 600,000 inhibitants. In Montenegro, there is almost no social property. State funds are controlled by Djukanovic’s clan. The most important state enterprises are privatized: Trebjesa, Jugopetrol, Telekom… But privatization did not saved the state of unemployment. Almost 40,000 people is unemployed in Montenegro, but in reality it is much more. Due to the continuous and organized stealing of elections, which has already been proven and registred in the Europian Commission report and Djukanovic refusal to implement the necessary reforms to electoral systems and quits stealing, Montenegro is in political crisis since 2012.

On 27 september 2015 oppositional Democratic Front began protests against the regime of Milo Djukanovic. With some intermittent protests continue. Today in front of the Parliament of Montenegro is sheduled a protest, and on Monday 25 January will also be a reununion in front of parlament to monitor Assembly session on vote of confidence for Monrenegrin government.

One of the prominent memebers of the Democratic Front Koca Pavlovic suspect that the Government again is preparing unrest to break up protesters. The government of Milo Djukanovic probably with political corruption will provide the majority in parliament. A long–time ally of Djukanovic’s DPS, the SDP said it will not support the Government. But “opposition” political party «Positive Montenegro» will probably support the government of Milo Djukanovic. For that party is speculated that emerged from the kitchen of the Montenegrin secret service.

The problem in Montenegro is that the entire opposition is not united. Democratic Front, which began protests is seeking transitional government. If other strong opposition parties join their request, Djukanovic will be forced to accept requests. People of Montenegro decided, it is time for freedom.