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Montenegrin government toppled in no-confidence vote

The pro-Serbian government in Montenegro under Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic has collapsed after only 14 months following a no-confidence vote on Friday evening.

Podgorica, 5 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) – The pro-Serbian government in Montenegro under Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic has collapsed after only 14 months following a no-confidence vote on Friday evening.

The no-confidence motion was supported by 43 deputies, while 11 voted against it.

The government had started with great promises of reform. In the election in August 2020, it ousted President Milo Djukanovic’s Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) for the first time in 30 years.

The enthusiasm, however, faded relatively soon as the majority pro-Serb forces behind the government pushed their pro-Serb agenda.

The accession negotiations with the EU, which had been ongoing since 2012, effectively came to a standstill.

The no-confidence vote on Friday took place after the smallest coalition partner, the progressive URA party, broke off its alliance with Krivokapic. URA leader Dritan Abazovic is now seeking a minority government tolerated by the DPS.

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