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Protesters from self-proclaimed patriotic organisations in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic
The proposed law would give people with permanent residence permits the right to vote and apply for citizenship. But protesters waving Montenegrin flags and chanting slogans against the new government accused the government of betraying national interests.
Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic on Monday proposed the sacking of Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavic after he expressed doubt about the rulings of international courts classifying the 1995 Srebrenica massacres by Bosnian Serb forces as genocide.
Krivokapic said he called on the minister to resign in a private conversation, but Leposavic refused.
Locals in Montenegro's coastal resort towns fear another bad tourist season lies ahead, as most of the resorts on the Adriatic are still almost empty. The country is recording a high number of COVID-19 cases, restrictive health measures remain in force and curfew is enforced from 10 pm to 5 am. Intercity traffic is also prohibited.
Some 8,500 business people from all over the Western Balkan region got their first vaccine jab against COVID-19 in Serbia over the weekend
The remarkable initiative was organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia whose head, Marko Cadez, told national broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia RTS that the action will be repeated.
Montenegro's Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavic. Photo: Parliament of Montenegro.
"The embassy is concerned with comments casting doubt about what occurred in Srebrenica in 1995. We look for clarity and hope the government will unequivocally condemn the massacre and call it what it was - genocide," the US embassy said in a post on Twitter.
Crossings with Bosnia and Herzegovina completely jammed.
Border crossings cameras are showing convoys of vehicles entering Serbia at the crossings of Mali Zvornik, Sremska Raca and Trbusnica.
Convoys of vehicles are also registered at the Horgos crossing, at the entrance to Serbia from Hungary, but also at Batrovci and the Sid crossing towards Croatia.
Foreign nationals, mainly from neighboring countries, flocked to Serbia after word spread that our western neighbor was offering free COVID-19 vaccines for foreigners.
The Serbian authorities have additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. Those wishing to get vaccinated are mainly from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
Ljubljana – Representatives of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) presented on Wednesday the initiative’s key achievements since June 2020 when Slovenia took over the year-long EUSAIR presidency. The stint at the helm has revolved around green cooperation and environmentally-friendly development.
The Ministry of Health refuted the information that our country is the first in Europe and second in the world in Covid-19 mortality.
Yesterday, data from an analysis by Johns Hopkins University was released, according to which Bulgaria ranks first in Europe and second in the world in Covid-19 mortality.
In this regard, the Health Ministry made the following clarification:
The Serbian and Montenegrin Prime Ministers, Ana Brnabic and Zdravko Krivokapic, at Podgorica airport, Montenegro. Photo: Government of Montenegro
The minister will be visiting Serbia almost a month after Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic donated a consignment of Russian Sputnik V COVID vaccines to Podgorica on February 17.
Serbia, champion of the vaccination process in the Balkans, has donated thousands of jabs to its neighbours, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro.
Albania recently started doing the same, helping Kosovo, the only country in the region that did not start its vaccination process at all.