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Live Blog: Montenegrin Parliamentary Elections 2023

  • More than 542,000 Montenegrin citizens are eligible to vote at 1,038 polling stations.
  • The last parliamentary elections in August 2020 saw Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists ousted from power after almost three decades.

Montenegro Elections Could End Three Years of Political Turmoil

Electoral campaign billboards in Montenegrin capital Podgorica. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic

Since then the small Adriatic country has endured almost constant political turbulence and two governments have been ousted.

Podgorica-based University professor Predrag Zenovic said there are expectations that the elections could herald an end to the turmoil.

Amid Growing Cyber Threat, Experts Urge Montenegro to Invest in Talent

Experts see raising awareness among members of the public as vital to minimising the impact of such scams, but, said Adis Balota, a professor at the Faculty of Information Technologies in Podgorica, "alone this will not solve the cyber security problem".

BIRN Fact-Check: Has Montenegro’s Minority Govt Delivered Reforms?

A year on, Abazovic has his deal with the Church and can point to a string of high-profile organized crime arrests. But while the work of the Constitutional Court has been unblocked, little progress has been made on reforming the judiciary, a key condition of Montenegro's EU accession process.

Montenegro Opposition Party Denies Funding From Crypto Fugitive

Montenegrin National Security Committee session in Podgorica. Photo: Government of Montenegro

Media reported on Tuesday that Do Kwon sent a letter to outgoing Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic, outgoing Justice Minister Marko Kovac and the Special State Prosecution, claiming that he financed Europe Now.

Montenegrin President Makes First Visit to WWII Massacre Memorial

Montenegrin President Jakov Milatovic at the WWII memorial in Doli Pivski. Photo: President of Montenegro.

"The state of Montenegro must not forget the innocent suffering of your and our ancestors, relatives and neighbours," Milatovic said at the commemoration.

Montenegro Urged to Probe Crypto Fugitive’s Ties with Party Leader

Montenegrin police escort South Korean cryptocurrency mogul Do Kwon in Podgorica. Photo: EPA-EFE/Boris Pejovic

Media reported on Monday that Do Kwon sent a letter to Abazovic, outgoing Justice Minister Marko Kovac and the Special State Prosecution, claiming that he financed Europe Now.

Bosnian Warehouse Workers Find Huge Cocaine Stash in Banana Boxes

Bosnia's State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA on Monday confirmed the seizure of 124 kilograms of cocaine that was found in banana boxes in a warehouse in the town of Siroki Brijeg.

"I can confirm the seizure, the investigators have done their part of the job, but due to the ongoing investigation, I can't give more details," Jelena Miovcic, SIPA's spokeswoman, told BIRN.

Head of Montenegrin Public Broadcaster Re-Elected Despite Court Ruling

The head of Montenegro's public broadcaster Boris Raonic at a conference in Podgorica. Photo: PR Centar

The Higher Court ordered the RTCG council to choose one of the other candidates as a new director or make readvertise the position, stressing that Raonic must not be re-elected.

Vučić from Chişinău: "Serbia is an independent country that makes its own decisions"

Pristina and Belgrade are the main topic of the meeting in the Moldovan capital. Serbian President Aleksandar Vui, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as well as Vjosa Osmani spoke at the meeting.
The President said from Chisinau that the situation in Kosovo and Metohija became the main topic of the summit, in addition to the situation in Ukraine.

2023 Parliamentary Elections in Montenegro: Young Voters Will Decide the Elections

The early parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on 11 June 2023, will be the twelfth parliamentary elections since the introduction of a multi-party system and the sixth since Montenegro gained its independence.  There are around 542 thousand eligible voters registered in the central electoral roll.

Thousands dance quadrille to mark end of school year

Around 6,000 students danced the quadrille, a traditional prom dance, in 20 Slovenian towns at noon on 19 May, in what has become a popular way to mark the end of school for final-year secondary school students.

Roughly 2,500 students danced in the capital of Ljubljana and around 1,000 in Maribor, the country's second largest city.