The power of the Democratic Party of Socialists is very respectable and this force makes it impossible for nationalism and chauvinism, who are making a comeback in the Western Balkans, to achieve their goal in Montenegro. Our task remains to continue working to expand our coalition capacity, Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović said in an interview with Nova BiH.
“I think it is good that the time has come for Montenegro to change its platform for future action. To date, we have mainly operated on a platform that was sovereign, pro-Montenegrin and which was a demarcation line compared to another platform that was anti-Montenegrin.
Now is the time to define the pro-European platform more clearly and I am sure that some parties will join the DPS, including those that make up the ruling coalition today, which can accept and in fact has already accepted Montenegro as a civil state, a multiethnic society and a future EU member, “the President noted.
The Democratic Party of Socialists, the party leader and President of Montenegro stressed, achieved an extraordinary result in the elections in Niksic. Đukanović recalled that these elections followed several months after the parliamentary elections held in Montenegro on August 30th, after which the Democratic Party of Socialists sided with the main opposition after 30 years of continuous rule.
“Most political analysts in Montenegro and the wider region assumed that this would be the beginning of the end for the DPS, a fate shared by every party that has been in power for a long, long time.
This did not happen in this case; The Democratic Party of Socialists improved its numbers compared to the result of the parliamentary elections and thus announced its steady presence on the Montenegrin political scene and its leading role in representing the European future of Montenegro and I believe it will soon returns to state power in Montenegro, “said Đukanović.
Đukanović believes that there is no reason for dissatisfaction from the party’s point of view.
“When we look at it from a state angle, it should be noted that it is logical in a way that just a few months after the victory of today’s ruling coalition, which they have been waiting for 30 years, the winners are still happy about the euphoria of that A small number of voters were able to rationally distinguish the quality of government in recent months, but I think this will follow in the coming months.Another thing I want to draw attention to is that the structure of support received from the ruling state coalition has changed.
An extreme nationalism suffered a serious loss. That nationalism, embodied by the Democratic Front in Montenegro, had the brutal support of the Serbian government and any pro-regime media – or more or less – the media from Belgrade in this election, and despite this he lost exactly one third of the his support in just six months “, Đukanović emphasizes.
He claims that Montenegro has that particular internal division that, unfortunately, is also reflected in the issue of state status.
“As in the independence referendum and in all previous elections until 30 August 2020, the sovereigns and the pro-European majority had a very stable advantage over the representatives of what was essentially another anti-European policy in Montenegro. “
I think that a combination of different circumstances has led to a slight shift in the balance of power on the political scene in the parliamentary elections. “I am convinced that this will not jeopardize the independence of the sovereignty of Montenegro, and so in no way will it jeopardize the further path of our country’s European development,” he said.
He claimed he was not surprised by the rhetoric of political competitors.
“For 30 years, they saw in me a problem for their failures and today they see, in me and in the party I lead, the last obstacle to realize their plan: for Montenegro to be once again prey to a larger Serb nation. That is why they somehow do not talk about anything else, but who will succeed Milo Đukanov. They were wrong. The elections in Niksic showed that. “I think 99.9% of European democratic parties would be happy and would not believe that they won 40 or 41% in some elections,” Đukanović said.