"Đukanović will choose his next office himself"

Montenegrin Prime Minister Igor Lukšić says it is up to Milo Đukanović to decide whether he will have his job, or opt to run for president.

Source: Tanjug

Only Đukanović can make a decision on returning to a state office, explained Lukšić.

Đukanović himself said previously that his ruling DPS party "would make the final decision", and did not wish to rule out the possibility that he might become the country's new prime minister, or president.

Đukanović served in both offices since he first came to power in 1991.

In 2006, he stepped down from as prime minister, to return in 2008.

In December 2010 he once again withdrew, to focus on leading his party.

A coalition gathered around the DPS won the most mandates in Montenegro's parliamentary elections held on October 14. but not enough to form a government, while parties of ethnic minorities now have decisive influence in the process.

The ballot also marked the first time since 2001 that a DPS-led coalition had not won an absolute majority. Montenegro will hold presidential elections in early spring of next year.

Meanwhile, opposition Movement for Changes leader Nebojša Medojević asserted that if Đukanović does opt to return to a top state office, he will do so in order to gain immunity from prosecution.

In a post on his Facebook page, Medojević wrote that there was "no doubt" that Đukanović was a corrupt politician and an autocrat, "with strong ties to organized crime".


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