Montenegro. At the beginning of the year, President Filip Vujanović announced a new election until March, just over a year in advance. The reason stated was that the government wanted a clear mandate from voters to implement reforms needed for Montenegro to join the EU. The application for membership in the Union had been submitted before the New Year. The opposition said the election was announced in advance so that it would be held before the international financial crisis had a full impact. The economy had shown very good growth following the independence of Serbia in 2006. The government coalition, which is dominated by Prime Minister Milo Đukanović’s Socialist Party, won just over half the votes in the election and received 48 of the 91 seats. According to countryaah, the second largest party was Montenegro’s Socialist People’s Party, supported by 16 percent of voters.
Parliament votes in favor of new government
More than three months after the by-elections in August, Parliament is voting for a new government, consisting of the newly formed Alliance for the Future of Montenegro. The new prime minister will be Professor Zdravko Krivokapić, who has entered politics relatively recently and who is widely regarded as a less confrontational politician than many of his predecessors. Krivokapić is non-partisan but has strong ties to the Serbian Orthodox Church. The support from the church is considered to have been of great importance both for his own comet career in politics and the success of his election alliance. For the ministerial posts, Krivokapić chooses to invest in a large proportion of young people and subject matter experts with no previous political experience, a presumed measure to bridge the ideological differences within the alliance.
Increase in covid-19 after bishop’s funeral
Podgorica is shut down for the time being to slow down the rapid increase in covid-19 cases in the capital. Last week’s funeral ceremony for the Orthodox bishop Amfilohije, who in violation of current rules gathered several thousand people in a small area, is believed to be one of the reasons for the rapid increase. According to the country’s public health authority, the total number of cases in Montenegro since the outbreak of the pandemic has increased by 30 percent in just a few weeks. The authority harshly criticizes the Orthodox Church for organizing the mass rally to mourn Amfilohije, who himself died in the suites of covid-19. It was later announced that the Serbian Orthodox patriarch Irinej, who had held the criticized funeral ceremony, had also been infected and died of the disease.