Montenegrin Parliament Relieves Speaker

The Montenegrin parliament relieved Speaker Aleksa Becic in an open vote on Monday (07.02), three days after passing a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic.The vote was by roll call.

Becic was the speaker for just under a year and a half. The initiative for his dismissal was signed by 38 of the total of 81 MPs. It said that there was no fundamental political dialogue while he held the post “because of which we are witnessing the greatest ever social and political divisions which threaten to destabilize the state”.

The MPs recalled the European Commission’s negative annual report on Montenegro’s progress on integration into the European Union. “A significant contribution to that report came from parliament under the leadership of this speaker”, they said.