Montenegro – Local elections

In Montenegro local elections were held on 24 May in 14 municipalities, including the capital, Podgorica.

The government parties are the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Croatian Civic Initiative and the Democratic Union of Albanians. The opposition is led by the Movement for Changes, the Socialist People’s Party and the New Serb Democracy.

For these elections, the opposition formed a coalition called A Better Montenegro. Therefore, it hoped to do well, particularly when the governing parties were in competition with each other in some municipalities.

I cannot find a link to the Electoral Commission, but there are a couple of news reports. According to Balkan Insight, the DPS and its governing party allies maintained an absolute majority in seven municipalities – Bar, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Rožaje, Šavnik and Žabljak. The opposition won Pljevlja and Pluzine. In Podgorica the DPS and its smaller allies won 28 of the 57 seats on the council, while the opposition coalition won 24. The SDP won five seats. Even though the SDP is in government (or perhaps because of it), the opposition has said that it would like to talk with the SDP about forming a majority.

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