PODGORICA — A draft coalition agreement reveals the potential structure of Montenegro’s upcoming government, with the Europe Now Movement (PES) securing a majority of the seats. The New Serbian Democracy (NSD) is set to propose the head of the Assembly, while the Democrats will oversee the security sector.
For readers unfamiliar with Montenegrin politics, the Europe Now Movement (PES) is a relatively new political entity that has gained significant traction in recent elections. The New Serbian Democracy (NSD) is a right-wing party, and its affiliation with the coalition “For the Future of Montenegro” (ZBCG) has been influential in shaping the country’s political landscape. The Democrats, a center-right party, have been vocal about national security and defense issues.
According to the draft, the PES will propose the Prime Minister and several key ministerial positions, including Transport, European Affairs, Finance, and Foreign Affairs. The Democrats will nominate candidates for the Ministries of Interior, Defense, Tourism, and Culture, among others. The Socialist People’s Party (SNP), a center-left party, will suggest the Minister of Agriculture and Sports.
The Albanian Forum and the Albanian Alliance, representing the interests of the Albanian minority in Montenegro, will also play pivotal roles. The former will propose the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy, while the latter will suggest the Minister of Human and Minority Rights.
The draft agreement emphasizes collaboration and mutual support among the signatories, especially during the election of Assembly leadership. The NSD, as part of the ZBCG coalition, will propose the Speaker of the Parliament. Vice-presidential roles in the Assembly will be distributed among PES, the Democrats, and other parties, with one position reserved for the opposition.
Milojko Spajić, the leader of PES, anticipates backing from a diverse group of MPs, drawing from PES, ZBCG, the Democrats, SNP, and both Albanian coalitions. However, the support of certain MPs remains uncertain.
This coalition agreement, if finalized, will shape Montenegro’s political direction for the next four years. As the small Balkan nation continues its journey towards European integration, the composition and policies of its government will be of keen interest to both regional and international observers.
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