02 Sep 2020, 10:32 AM

September 2, 2020 - The International Klapa Festival (MFK) Perast has announced that this year's Festival will be held on 11th and 12th September in Perast, respecting all NKT measures.

On Friday, 11th September, the Festival will open with "Klapa heritage of MFK Perast - Homage to the Deserving", a complete klapa programme with songs by B. Tamindžić, V. Nikolić and N. Gregović - with 9 local klapas performing. The Festival will be opened by the Mayor of the Municipality of Kotor, Željko Aprcović.

On Saturday, 12th September, the competition programme will include performances by category - women's klapas (3) and men's klapas (5) and new klapa songs (6) with a total of 22 songs. While the jury makes its deliberations, there will be a show performance by children’s klapa Mariners and participating klapas.

Promotion of the Festival Almanac Lirica no. 8 will take place at the Perast Museum at 11 a.m., with the awarding of certificates of appreciation for the contribution of the XIX MFK Perast.

PROGRAMME - XIX International Klapa Festival Perast

First evening, 11th Sept. 2020. at St. Nicholas Square, Perast 8pm

Performance - Klapa heritage XIX MFK Perast: Homage to the Deserving

I - BORISLAV TAMINDŽIĆ, edited by Aleksandar Saša Tamindžić:

  3. ALATA

 II - VICKO NIKOLIĆ, arrangements by Aleksandar Saša Tamindžić:

  3. ALATA

III - Tribute to prof. Nikola Gregović

  2. MARIS
  3. ALATA

There will be 7 klapas participating, with18 songs

Second evening, 12th Sept. 2020, St. Nicholas Square 8pm

Competition programme - Women's, Men's, and New Klapa song

International Klapa Festival Perast 2019

Women's Klapas:

  1. Klapa CAVTAJKE (Cavtat, Croatia)
  2. Klapa ZVIZDAN (Posušje, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  3. Klapa ALATA (Podgorica, Montenegro)

 Men's Klapas:

  1. Klapa ŽMUL (Omiš, Croatia)
  2. Klapa ŠTIGLIĆI (Podgorica, Montenegro)
  3. Klapa KRIJANCA (Rab, Croatia)
  4. Klapa POKORNIK (Dugi Rat, Croatia)
  5. Klapa BOŠKET (Zagreb, Croatia)



New Klapa song:

Klapa CAMERTON (Podgorica, Montenegro) - Friend, Drop Anchor, lyrics and music: Poly Gjurgjević, arrangement: Saša Gajić

Klapa CASTEL NUOVO (Herceg Novi, Montenegro) - Scale by Scale, lyrics and music: Momčilo Zeković, arrangement: Mia Vidović - Distance, lyrics: Miloš Milošević, music and arrangement: Mia Vidović

Klapa ŠTIGLIĆI (Podgorica, Montenegro) - Boka, lyrics: Dragan Popadić, music and arrangement: Mario Katavić - These Thin Sails of Mine, lyrics: Croatian folk poetry of the 18th and 19th centuries, music and arrangement: Mario Petani 

Klapa ŽMUL (Omiš, Croatia) - Boka, lyrics: Marijan Tutanić, music and arrangement: Josip Tomasović

Summary: 10 klapas and 22 songs in 3 competition categories


Performance: Children's Klapa Mariners, participating klapas, award ceremony of the expert jury

01 Sep 2020, 23:31 PM

September 1, 2020 - After the people decided in Sunday's elections that Milo Djukanovic's DPS should go into opposition, the first phase of the transition towards a government change is underway in Montenegro, marked by images that are not new when it comes to Montenegrin society, which has long been ruled by divisions on various grounds. It seems that now the people have united to remove the DPS, which has ruled the country for 30 years. Despite calls from political leaders to refrain from celebrations and provocations on any grounds and celebrate the election success with family and friends, some people have shown readiness to continue to emphasize their differences in the streets.

The outgoing Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which rulled the country since 1991, links the electoral defeat to the Serbian Orthodox Church's influence and the Republic of Serbia, expressing fears that Montenegro could change its foreign policy course under the new government. At the same time, representatives of the three winning coalitions say their basic common principles are the rule of law, expert government, and continuing the EU accession process.

The winning coalitions that will form the new government have begun talks, informing citizens of the basic principles on which the future state administration will rest.

The holder of the list of the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro," Zdravko Krivokapic, expects agreements from the other two opposition lists, "Peace is our nation" and "Black On White," so that Montenegro can get a new Assembly and Government as soon as possible, maybe in three weeks. He said that "peace has no price and no one should be afraid that Montenegro will disappear."
Krivokapić added that Montenegro's European path is a priority and that an expert government is needed. He explains that it was his opinion even before he entered politics. It is the best solution because when it comes to the crisis - and Montenegro has severe problems - the best and most competent people can give the best answer.

On the other hand, Montenegrin President and DPS leader Milo Djukanovic conceded defeat in the election. Still, he placed Montenegrin citizens' electoral will in a foreign policy context, implying a possible turn from the West to Russia.

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Celebration after the victory of the opposition in the elections, Photo: Savo Prelević, Radio Free Europe

Rallies were organized in several cities last night to celebrate the election victory, which in places escalated into riots and clashes. While the outgoing government characterized those incidents as the expressions of Serbian nationalism, the new parliamentary majority called on their supporters to postpone the celebrations and stay in their homes, refraining from any outbursts. As they said, possible incidents help only the DPS in its intention to provoke street clashes that would delay its departure from power.

Today, on its official pages on social networks, the DPS invited its supporters to a rally planned September 6 on Independence Square in Podgorica under the slogan "Montenegro first of all". Later it was announced that the DPS distanced itself from the organization of the gathering, saying that the meeting was organized by so-called "patriotic organizations".

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Printscreen Youtube, Source: Vijesti

SEC: Election results

According to preliminary data from the State Election Commission (SEC), based on 100 percent of votes counted, the current opposition, defined through three electoral coalitions, will have 41 seats in the Parliament of Montenegro. On the other hand, the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) with its traditional partners will have 40 seats. Representatives of the three winning electoral lists also called on representatives of minority nations to join the new parliamentary majority.

According to the State Election Commission data, the DPS won 35.06 percent, i.e., 143,548 votes, in Sunday's elections, and the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro" 32.55 percent (133,267). "Peace is our nation" won 12.53 percent (51,297), and "Black On White" 5.53% (22,649).

The Social Democrats won 4.10 percent (16,769), the Bosniak Party 3.98 percent (16,286), the SDP - Strong Montenegro 3.14 percent (12,839), the Albanian List 1.58 percent (6,488), and the Albanian Coalition Unanimously 1,14 percent (4,675)", as published on the SEC website.

The Croatian Civic Initiative did not pass the census, winning 0.27 (1,115), and the Croatian Reform Party 0.13 percent, or 532 votes, leaving the Croatian people in Montenegro without their representative in the new assembly.

76.65 percent of registered voters voted in the elections, i.e., 413,954, of which 409,451 were valid ballots.

Three winning coalitions: Montenegro remains on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration

Yesterday, a meeting was held between the leaders of the winning coalitions, "For the future of Montenegro," "Peace is our nation," and "Black On White" - Zdravko Krivokapic, Aleksa Becic, and Dritan Abazovic. They will constitute the future Montenegrin government and deliver the electoral will of the citizens.

The three leaders very quickly agreed on several principles on which the future government will rest. 

  • The new democratic government will responsibly implement all international obligations.
  • The new democratic government will implement all necessary reforms for Montenegro to join the European Union as soon as possible.
  • The winning coalitions agreed that the new, democratic government would be constituted by cadres who are experts in specific fields, regardless of their political, religious, national, or other characteristics.
  • The new government will be fully committed to respecting the Constitution and enforcing the law, with amendments to all discriminatory laws and bylaws, including the Law on Freedom of Religion.

The three leaders are extending their hands to representatives of minorities with the desire to together build a more beautiful and prosperous future of Montenegro, came the announcement after the meeting of the new parliamentary majority's leaders.

Leaders of the new parliamentary majority call on their supporters to stay home 

"Due to verified information that a significant number of paid provocateurs are trying to provoke incidents and unpleasant events, both in Podgorica and in other cities in Montenegro, we invite citizens to return to their homes and continue celebrating there. We must not allow any excuse for the outgoing regime to refute the undeniable results of the elections and the people's will," said the leader of the coalition For the Future of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapic.

Krivokapić said that peace has no price and that no one should be afraid that Montenegro will disappear. On his official Facebook page, he again asked people not to take to the streets, and announced that he would form a government in three weeks.

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"For the future of Montenegro" leader, Dr. Zdravko Krivokapić

On the occasion of last night's events in several Montenegrin cities, the Black on White coalition leader, Dritan Abazovic, also reacted. "Every kind of violence or provocation from any side casts a shadow over the election victory in which corruption and organized crime are defeated. That is why I ask you to refrain from that and celebrate in your homes in a dignified way," Abazovic said.

"As never before, it is necessary to preserve peace, interethnic, and interreligious harmony. Please do not allow us to jeopardize the historical victory through our irresponsibility or that of planted individuals. Montenegro is the land of us all, so let's protect each other. Civic Montenegro has no alternative! Now we need wisdom; there will be time to celebrate,"- concluded Abazović, emphasizing that there are no compromises with Montenegro's national interests. "Montenegro will not become either Serbian Sparta or Greater Albania," he said.

He said that Montenegro will develop as a civil state and that the condition of the platform around which the Black On White coalition has gathered is an expert government.

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"Black on White" Coalition Leader, Dr. Dritan Abazović, Source: Civic Movement URA

"The announcement of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro, which has so far arrested children, the elderly and priests for allegedly violating the NKT measures, to organize a rally on September 6, is a transparent attempt to raise tensions and cause riots that only benefit them as the outgoing government. They are trying to deepen the divisions, hatred, and quarrels they have generated in the last 30 years, said the representative of the coalition "Peace is our nation" and the leader of the Democrats, Aleksa Becic.

"Gentlemen from the top of the DPS, the NKT you lead has banned public gatherings. But, since you are known as people who trample on Montenegro, its laws and its Constitution for personal interests, and now for personal frustrations, we must remind you that the votes have been counted. The election results are official, and that there is no need for a new count at any party rallies. Show that you have at least a shred of dignity towards the honorable people who voted for you and accept you scored well below the previous opposition's election result," stated Bečić.

He called on the Police Directorate to ban mass gatherings directed by the DPS and required by any party, "so that we can immediately start working on reconciliation of all. In Montenegro, there must be no winners or losers among the citizens. Corruption, crime, quarrels, and the mafia are defeated in Montenegro, not the voters."

People in Montenegro want peace; they want harmony, unity, and progress, said Aleksa Bečić.

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"Peace is Our Nation" Coalition Leader, Aleksa Becic, Source:

Milo Đukanović admits defeat, he "sews" the success of the opposition to the Serbian Orthodox Church and the authorities in Belgrade

The President of Montenegro and the DPS, Milo Đukanović, said for "Newsmax Adria" that in Montenegro and the region, two approaches were opposed - a pro-Western course on the one hand and a backward nationalist one on the other, now awakened in Montenegro.

"The incidents did not surprise anyone, the celebration even less. There is always a reason to celebrate, but that celebration implies a civilized attitude towards other citizens and the need to preserve Montenegro's stability. Last night we witnessed an outburst of intolerance, aggression, primitivism who think differently, "Djukanovic said.

When it comes to forming a government, Djukanovic said, "we will soon expect the outcome and that we will receive an offer to form a government from those who will have 41 seats in parliament."

Djukanovic sees the reasons for his party's failure to retain power partly in the dissatisfaction of citizens with some policies and the manipulations of the church and official Belgrade over the Law on Freedom of Religion.

"President Vučić and the current policy of Serbia have shown very problematic intentions. The first is that they want to interfere in another state's internal political life, and the second is to try to revitalize the policy of Greater Serbian nationalism in the region. Both are very wrong and very destructive," said Djukanovic.

He said that the assumptions that the DPS would defend the government by all means, were not correct.

"Even today, the DPS is a force that will try to keep Montenegro on the European path. I believe that in the bloc for Europe that will be formed in the parliament, we will stand for our government's political heritage," said Djukanovic.

He said that Montenegro has a European future and that he hopes that Montenegro will reach it.

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DPS Leader, Milo Đukanović, President of Montenegro, Photo by Savo Prelević, Vijesti

European Commission on elections and post-election atmosphere in Montenegro

"On August 30, Montenegro held parliamentary elections and local elections in five municipalities, according to an electoral, legislative framework that is mostly unchanged from previous elections, in the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The elections were peaceful and competitive, with a high turnout, monitored by local and international observers accredited by the State Election Commission, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Oliver Varhelj, and EU High Representative Josep Borel said in a statement by the EU delegation to Montenegro.

Preliminary findings and conclusions from international observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly emphasize that the elections were conducted transparently and efficiently. They also note the highly polarized debate on church and national identity issues and some concerns for the ruling party's inappropriate advantage and unbalanced media coverage.

Following the publication of the final OSCE / ODIHR report and recommendations, all political actors and relevant institutions should engage in a transparent, determined, and inclusive dialogue on implementing these recommendations to overcome long-standing electoral shortcomings well before the next elections.

"We now expect the Constitution of a new parliament and the formation of a new government that will continue Montenegro's stable path towards the EU. Montenegro has made significant progress in its EU accession process. The months ahead must be used to deepen and accelerate political and economic reforms, especially the rule of law, with the next key milestone being meeting the provisional criteria for Chapters 23 and 24 in the rule of law," Varhelji said.

The European Union is fully committed to providing further support to Montenegro in the EU integration process and economic recovery after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, including through the forthcoming Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.

"Freedom of assembly, association and expression are fundamental rights of the European Union (EU), which should be exercised without disturbing public health and with full respect for the rule of law and public order and peace," the European Commission (EC) said, commenting on the announced gathering "Montenegro First of All."

"We are closely following the political developments towards the announcement of the final results of the elections held on August 30 in Montenegro. In that context, we expect the Constitution of a new parliament and the formation of a new government that will continue Montenegro's stable path to the EU." A European Commission spokeswoman Ana Pisonero Hernandez told Vijesti, answering questions regarding the DPS' invitation to gather on Sunday, in high health and safety risk conditions.

The US Embassy congratulated Montenegro's citizens, acknowledged the OSCE findings, and called for peace and tolerance

In Podgorica today, the US Embassy welcomed the conclusions of the OSCE / ODIHR International Election Observation Mission on the parliamentary elections in Montenegro.

"We congratulate Montenegro's citizens on holding peaceful, participatory elections with the participation of more than 76% of the electorate, despite the COVID-19 pandemic," reads the message published on the FB page of the US Embassy.

The US Ambassador to Montenegro warned that all parties must act peacefully and avoid violence in the post-election days.

"I am concerned about reports of violence in Montenegro," said HPP Judy Rising Reinke.

"Montenegro is recognized for its tolerance and inclusiveness. The calm we saw on election day should prevail. All sides must act peacefully and avoid violence. Dialogue and the protection of minorities are the keys to democracy," Rising Reinke said on Twitter.

Source: Vijesti

01 Sep 2020, 17:01 PM

September 1, 2020 - International railway traffic on the route Bar - Topčider (Belgrade) - Bar, which was suspended due to the closure of the border with Serbia due to coronavirus, will re-start on Thursday, 3rd September, 2020, Railway Transport of Montenegro announced.

"Initially, only the night train will run, departing from Bar at 19:00, from Podgorica at 20:05 and from Bijelo Polje at 22:43, arriving in Topčider at 06:12. Departure from Topčider is at 21:10. Depending on the interest and demand, a daily train will be launched soon," the announcement by the Railway Transport of Montenegro states.

They add that in accordance with the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro and international railway institutions, international railway passengers should adhere to the following measures:

"The wearing of protective masks is compulsory when buying a train ticket, entering the train and during the trip, except when passengers are alone in the cabin, and for children under the age of five.

Thermal screening is mandatory upon entering the train. In case of symptoms and signs of infection, boarding the train is forbidden, and self-isolation and testing is mandatory, along with compulsory following of guidelines in line with test results.

Health problems or any symptoms of illness occurring during the trip must be reported to the conductor or driver.

Physical distance must be maintained when buying tickets, when on platforms and on the train.

Passengers coming from abroad are required to have a valid negative PCR test for coronavirus or a positive ELISA test not older than 72 hours, in line with NKT procedures," Railway Transport of Montenegro states.

They ask passengers to buy tickets in advance, whenever possible.

"We recommend passengers arrive at the station half an hour before departure in order to reduce crowds when buying a ticket. Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday, 1st September. We ask passengers to adhere to all recommended measures," Railway Transport of Montenegro reports.



31 Aug 2020, 21:52 PM


Meeting between Krivokapić, Bečić and Abazović: "These are the four principles of the future Government"

In addition, they stated that they extend their hand to representatives of minorities with a desire to together build a more beautiful and prosperous future for Montenegro.

August 31, 2020 - A meeting was held today between coalition leaders Zdravko Krivokapić, Aleksa Bečić i Dritan Abazović, representing "For the Future of Montenegro", "Peace is Our Nation" and "Black and White", which will constitute the future Government of Montenegro and deliver the electoral will of citizens.

According to the three leaders, they very quickly agreed on several principles which will serve as the basis for the future government.

"The first principle that has been agreed is that the new democratic government will responsibly implement all international obligations. Second, that the new democratic government will implement all necessary reforms in order for Montenegro to join the European Union as soon as possible. Third, that the new democratic government be highly skilled, constituted of experts in specific fields, regardless of their political, religious, national or any other characteristics. Fourth, the new government will be fully committed to respecting the Constitution and law enforcement, with amendments, supplements and revision of all discriminatory laws and bylaws, including the Law on Freedom of Religion," the statement said.

They said that, in addition, they extend their hand to representatives of minorities with a desire to together build a more beautiful and prosperous future for Montenegro.



31 Aug 2020, 12:38 PM
August 31, 2020 - Judging by the preliminary results of yesterday's elections, Milo Djukanovic's DPS will be moving to the opposition parliamentary benches for the first time since the introduction of the multi-party system in Montenegro, which overthrew the autocratic regime that ruled the country for almost 30 years. Yesterday, the DPS also lost power in Kotor, Tivat, and Budva, while in Andrijevica and Gusinje, they managed to achieve results based on which they will form the government there for the next four years.

Preliminary results of the State Election Commission

The State Election Commission announced the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections based on 98.55 percent of the processed sample, according to which the Democratic Party of Socialists won 35.12 percent or 141,767 votes, and the coalition For the Future of Montenegro 32.52 percent (131,333 votes).
The Coalition Peace is Our Nation won 12.55 percent (50,672), Black on White 5.57 (22,499), Social Democrats 4.09 (16,524), Bosniak Party 3.81 (15,387), SDP - Strong Montenegro 3.14 (12,674), Albanian List 1.61 (6,485) , and the Albanian Coalition Unanimously 1.16 per cent (4,675).
The Croatian Civic Initiative won 0.27 (1,101), and the Croatian Reform Party 0.13 percent, or 525 votes, and according to these results of the SEC, they did not win any seats.

CEMI: Three opposition coalitions can form a government

The three opposition coalitions in Montenegro will most likely have 41 of the 81 seats in the Montenegrin parliament and will be able to form a government, Zlatko Vujovic of the Montenegrin Monitoring Center (CEMI) said on Sunday night.
"Za Budućnost Crne Gore" ("For the future of Montenegro"), "Crno Na Bijelo" ("Black on White"), and Mir Je Naša Nacija ("Peace is our nation"), which announced cooperation after the parliamentary elections, will have at least 41 mandates.
The results show that the party "Odlučno Za Crnu Goru! DPS - Milo Đukanović" has 30 seats, and "For the Future of Montenegro" 27 seats.
"Peace is our nation" has won 10 seats, "Black on White" four seats, SD and the Bosniak Party three seats, SDP two seats, and "Albanian List - Genci Nimanbegu, Nick Djelosaj" and "Albanian Coalition" Unanimously" won one seat each.
Croats will be left without a mandate in the Montenegrin parliament, after results based on two lists, the Croatian Civic Initiative and the Croatian Reform Party.
The opposition coalition "For the Future of Montenegro" leader, Zdravko Krivokapic, declared victory for the "three opposition coalitions."
"We offer a hand of reconciliation, and we offer all national parties to approach the winner, not because we need anyone, but because we cannot build Montenegro any other way," Krivokapic said.
He called on all supporters to stay in their homes and not take to the streets to celebrate the victory.
In Montenegro's parliamentary elections, the right to vote was exercised by 409,880 citizens, or 75.9 percent of the total number of voters, which is 2 percent more than in the 2016 elections.

Djukanovic: DPS have 40 mandates with traditional coalition partners

The leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists and the President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, said that together with the traditional coalition partners, the DPS has a total of 40 mandates.
He added that he would wait for the State Election Commission's final results, which will be a "law that we will unconditionally respect" for the DPS.
"During its overall existence on the political scene, the DPS has built a civil party profile, which fights for a multiethnic society and a European value system. We think that we have made a step forward in previous years, that Montenegro has become a beacon in the Western Balkans, and I hope that it will remain so and that Montenegro will remain a stable state. "

CEMI- Preliminary results of local elections

According to data from the Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI), in Budva's local elections, based on 51.8 percent of processed polling stations, the electoral list "Marko Bato Carevic - For the Future of Budva" won 39.2 percent. "For Budva For Montenegro - DPS" Milo Đukanović "31.9 percent, and the list" Dragan Krapović - Budva is our nation" 18.7 percent.
The electoral list "URA for all citizens of Budva - Black and White" won 3.7 percent, "SDP - Strong Budva!" 3.5 percent, and "Nova Budva - Ilija Gigovic" 2.6 percent.
In the local elections in Kotor, based on 76.9 percent of results processed, Lista Za Kotor! For Montenegro! Milo Đukanović won 31.4 percent of the votes, followed by "Vladimir Jokić - Kotor is our nation-Democratic Montenegro" with 23.8 percent, and the list "For the Future of Kotor" with 22.9 percent.
4.9 percent of voters voted for the Civic Movement URA "Patriotic and Civil - Black and White." The list of SDP Dr. Ivan Ilic - "Jak Kotor" 4.4 percent, and "For Liberal Kotor - Andrija Pura Popovic - Liberal Party" were supported by 4,1 percent of Kotor's citizens.
Social Democrats - Dr. Andrija Lompar - "We decide, consistently for Kotor" won 3.9 percent, the list "Dr. Branko Baco Ivanovic - Socialists" 3.4 percent and the Croatian Civic Initiative Kotor, HGI - "With all my heart for Kotor!" 1.9 percent of the vote.
In the local elections in Tivat, based on 53 percent of votes processed, the list Narod Pobjeđuje won 41.5 percent, followed by the list Zbog Tivta, Za Tivcane - DPS Milo Djukanovic with 31.7 percent. The "Social Democrats - Ivan Brajovic - Tivat must do better" won 7.7 percent, while 6.7 percent of voters voted for "Bokeški forum - People of Boka know", HGI gained 5.3 percent of support in Tivat. "SDP - Let's Defend the City" won 4 percent of the vote and "Goran Bozovic - Honestly and responsibly for a better Tivat" 3.2 percent.
In the local elections in Andrijevica, based on 48 percent of votes processed the coalition "For Andrijevica! For Montenegro! Milo Đukanović DPS" won 51.2%, "For the future of Andrijevica - SNP - NSD" 40.7 percent, Aleksa Bečić - Miodrag Lekić - "Peace is our nation" - Democrats - Democratic Montenegro - Demos 8.7 percent.
In the local elections in Gusinje, based on 30 percent of processed polling stations, "For Gusinje! For Montenegro! DPS-Milo Đukanović" won 41.4 percent. "Social Democrats Ivan Brajović- We decide consistently for Gusinje" 23.3 percent, Democratic Alliance of Albanians 16.9 percent, Bosniak Party-Liberal Party "Right for Gusinje" Rafet Husović BS-LP 12.3 percent, "Social Democratic Party of Montenegro SDP-Dr. Elvis Omeragic-Strong Gusinje!" 4.1 percent, the "Socialist People's Party of Montenegro-Gusinje" 1.5 percent.
Source: CEMI, SEC 
30 Aug 2020, 15:27 PM
August 30, 2020 - Parliamentary elections are being held in Montenegro today, the eleventh since the introduction of the multiparty system in Montenegro, and the fifth since the restoration of independence in 2006, in which six coalitions and five political parties are participating.
Five hundred forty thousand twenty-six (540,026) citizens have the right to vote. The parliamentary elections are monitored by 2,089 observers, of whom 265 are foreign observers. There are 1,217 polling stations in Montenegro, which are open from 7 am to 8 pm. Today, local elections are being held in Budva, Kotor, Tivat, Andrijevica, and Gusinje.

SEC: 51.51% of citizens voted, without significant irregularities

In the parliamentary and local elections in five municipalities in Montenegro, 278,151 voters, or 51.51 percent voted by 1 pm, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced. As SEC President Aleksa Ivanovic said, Municipal Election Commissions (MECs) did not report major irregularities during the election process. Everything, as he said, is mostly resolved as it happens.
Ivanovic said that the SEC is familiar with issues related to the operation of electronic identification devices. As he pointed out, these are being resolved in communication with the SEC, the MEC, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
"The SNP Nikšić Municipal Board reported to the SEC that at polling stations 108, 118 and 105, polling boards are not allowing authorized representatives and their deputies to monitor the postal-based election process. We have discussed these and similar dilemmas in recent days. One of the opinions we have prepared and published is that the SEC recommends that the commissioners' team for postal voting is composed in a parity manner of representatives of the government and the opposition to improve confidence in the election process further.

Election turnout to 1 pm:

Andrijevica: out of 4106 registered voters, 1766 or 43.01% voted
Bar: enrolled 39376, 21578 or 54,80% voted
Berane: 23729 enrolled, 14546 or 61.30% voted
Bijelo Polje: 39913 enrolled, 21972 or 55.05% voted
Budva: 18062 enrolled, 8489 or 47% voted
Cetinje: 13766 enrolled, 6635 or 48.22% voted
Danilovgrad: 13095 enrolled, 7202 or 55% voted
Gusinje: 4607 enrolled, 1229 or 26.68% voted
Herceg Novi: 25485 enrolled, 14256 or 55.94% voted
Kolašin: 6319 enrolled, 3564 or 56.4% voted
Kotor: 18478 enrolled, 7450 or 40.32% voted
Mojkovac: 6891 enrolled, 4704 or 68.26% voted
Nikšić: 58342 enrolled, 33681 or 57.73% voted
Petnjica: 6198 enrolled, 1697 or 27.38% voted
Plav: 9202 enrolled, 3724 or 40.47% voted
Plužine: 2436 enrolled, 1544 or 63.38% voted
Pljevlja: 25394 entered, 16506 or 65% voted
Podgorica: 152404 entered, 78107 or 51.25% voted
Rožaje: 22511 enrolled, 8034 or 35.69% voted
Šavnik: 1616 enrolled, 1105 or 68.38% voted
Tivat: 11797 enrolled, 5663 or 48% voted
Tuzi: 12142 enrolled, 5050 or 47.59% voted
Ulcinj: 20376 enrolled, 7543 or 37.02% voted
Žabljak: 3082 enrolled, 1783 or 57.85% voted
UIKS: 699 enrolled, 343 or 49.07% voted
 Earlier today, Ivanovic said that the MECs did not report any irregularities at the polling stations.
"Except for polling station number 29, Elementary school "Ilino Brdo" in Pljevlja. At this polling station, voting will be extended until 9:15 pm," Ivanovic said.
The President of the State Election Commission (SEC), Aleksa Ivanović, said at the first press conference that, according to the Municipal Election Commissions' information, polling stations were opened on time, except for polling station number 29, Ilino Brdo Elementary School in Pljevlja.
"According to the information obtained by the Municipal Election Commissions, polling stations were opened on time, except for polling station number 29, Elementary school "Ilino Brdo" in Pljevlja, which was not open until 8 am due to the existence of propaganda material at a distance of fewer than 100 meters from the polling station." said Ivanovic.
The Municipal Election Commission of Pljevlja, as he said, is working on resolving that issue, and voting at that polling station will be extended, according to the procedure.
Ivanovic also said that the Operational Room of the State Election Commission received several calls from the polling boards to solve a printer problem connected to the device for electronic identification of voters.
"Problems are being resolved in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Municipal Election Commissions. At polling stations where it is not possible to solve the problem according to the procedure, polling boards will switch to voters' visual identification," Ivanovic said.
He called on all voters in Croja Gora to patiently express their political commitment in a peaceful atmosphere.

CEMI: Over 400 irregularities reported for Parliamentary and Local Elections

A total of 54.1% of voters voted by 1 pm, i.e., 33.4% more than in 2016, CEMI announced. So far, CeMI's legal team has received more than 400 reports of irregularities, significantly more than in previous years.
54.4 percent of voters voted in Podgorica, 48.6 percent in the north, and 57.2 percent in the south.
According to the data of CeMI observers from the field at the polling stations, many citizens are violating the NCT's recommendations on keeping physical distance, especially when it comes to waiting in line in front of the polling station.
CeMI PR coordinator Maja Bjelic said that 400 reports of non-compliance with election rules had been received.
"The Chairman is announcing the names and surnames of the voters and their ordinal number, which grossly violates the secrecy of the vote. Such conduct is a violation of Article 69 of the Law on Election of Councilors and Deputies," said Bjelic.
Observers noted insufficient consistency in applying National Coordination Team for Infectious Diseases' measures and SEC technical recommendations to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
Loud voices were heard at several polling stations, as well as the use of mobile phones.
CEMI observers reported an irregularity at the polling station Dom Vojske Crne Gore - Music Center, where a book with voters' names was briefly taken out of the building where the voting is taking place.
As she said, there were reports of mass violations of the rules on visual identification of voters at some polling stations when it comes to irregularities.
 "Namely, the observers of CEMI, but also a large number of citizens, reported violations of Article 68 of the Law on the Election of Councilors and Deputies and the SEC recommendations. The violation is of the nature that that the polling boards are not requiring the removal of the protective medical mask for visual identification of the voters, which potentially enables voting with someone else's identification document. "Loud utterance of names and surnames of voters by members of polling station staff was noticed during the identification of voters, which is contrary to the provisions of the Law," said Bjelic.
In Podgorica and Danilovgrad, voters were observed photographing the ballots and not folding the voting slip to place it in the ballot box.
 "The polling board in the Ulcinj elementary school" Pistula "is not ensuring monitoring of the election process by an authorized observer of CeMI. In this way, the provision of Article 111d of the Law on the Election of Councilors and Deputies has been violated," CEMI announced on Twitter.

Parties also point out election irregularities

Apart from CEMI and CDT, irregularities were pointed out by political parties.
Democratic Montenegro claims that some DPS activists monitor the turnout and record it in a parallel list, as well as that some individuals, as they say, require their colleagues to contact them when they go to the polls.
The Democrats announced that the vice president of the Democrats and the candidate for the deputy of the coalition "Peace is our nation," Vladimir Martinović, has been arrested and is in the police station. 
Martinović, as they claim, was detained because of the video he published, which allegedly shows Grujica Matović monitoring the turnout at 10 meters from the polling station and recording it in a parallel list.
The Coalition Crno Na Bijelo (Black on White) considers that the Police Administration's decision on the assignment of police officers to work tasks in other municipalities, which prevents them from exercising their right to vote, is inadmissible.
"The Black on White Coalition supports the Police Directorate officers who raised their voices against such a decision, wanting to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right and vote," the statement said.
After that, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Montenegro, Mevludin Nuhodžić, announced that all police officers would be enabled to exercise their right to vote.
The civic movement URA reported that near the polling station 25 in Cetinje "Chess Club Cetinje," there was propaganda material by the DPS, which appeared overnight.
"URA demands that the Communal Police sanction the DPS for pasting propaganda material near the polling station," the statement said.
CEMI has 1355 accredited observers.
The project to monitor the parliamentary and local elections was made possible by the British Embassy in Podgorica, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Norway in Belgrade.
CEMI's observation mission has 1,355 accredited observers. CEMI observers have been deployed at polling stations throughout Montenegro.
29 Aug 2020, 19:13 PM
August 29, 2020 - The Institute of Public Health (IPH) has announced that in the past 24 hours, 64 new cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Montenegro based on the analysis of 487 PCR tests.
The new positives were sent for testing from Rožaje 13, Podgorica 12, Berane nine, Nikšić and Cetinje six each, Bijelo Polje, Budva, Bar and Pljevlja three each, Gusinje two, Plav, Ulcinj, Kolašin and Kotor one each.
"Since the last section, one death has been reported related to COVID-19 infection in a patient from Gusinje, born in 1944, treated in the General Hospital of Bijelo Polje," the statement said.
The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of June is 84 and since the beginning of the year, 93.
It is stated that recovery has been reported in 108 patients, and the total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Montenegro is currently 795.
There are 231 active cases in Podgorica, 112 in Bijelo Polje, 99 in Rožaje, 78 in Niksic, 57 in Berane, 39 in Bar, 39 in Ulcinj, 37 in Budva, 29 in Pljevlja, 13 in Cetinje; in Andrijevica six, Herceg Novi five, Petnjica four, Danilovgrad and Plužine three each, Kotor and Tuzi two each and Mojkovac one.
There are no COVID-19 patients in the municipalities of Savnik and Zabljak.
At the Clinical Center of Montenegro, 19 COVID-19 patients are currently being treated, announced the institution. Six patients are in a life-threatening condition.
Since the beginning of the year, the total number of registered cases of the new coronavirus infection is 4,727.

Mugoša: If we respected the measures, the COVID-19 epidemic would be under control

If everyone in Montenegro wore masks for 20 days,  kept a physical and social distance, and took care of hand hygiene, the problem with coronavirus would be solved. The Director of the Institute of Public Health Prof. Dr. Boban Mugoša emphasizes that there is no epidemiological risk when it comes to elections if all measures are followed.
Montenegro's epidemiological situation has worsened, which was expected due to the mass gatherings, said Mugosa, in an interview with the PR Center.
When it comes to the elections to be held in Montenegro tomorrow, he pointed out that there is no risk if all the prescribed measures are respected.
The number of patients and deaths from coronavirus is the result of bad behavior, Mugoša believes.
"As we have said many times, the result we have in the fight against COVID-19 is the result of our behavior during the previous 10 to 20 days. "We should not have had more than 90 dead and over four thousand sick people; if we had respected the measures, that would not have happened," said Mugoša.

There is no change in the regime of entry into Montenegro for the citizens of Serbia

The Montenegrin Government announced that the news published this afternoon by several media outlets in Serbia, regarding the alleged changes in the regime of entry of passengers into Montenegro through certain border crossings, is incorrect.
"There are no changes in the epidemiological measures in force," it was announced on the Twitter account of the Government.
From August 15, 2020, citizens of the Republic of Serbia can enter Montenegro under the following conditions:
• That they have a negative PCR test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) or a positive IgG antibody test for new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) obtained by ELISA serological test
• That the tests are issued by a registered laboratory and are not older than 72 hours at the time of entry into Montenegro
The obligation to take the test does not apply to children under the age of five.
• That during the 15 days before entering Montenegro, they did not stay in any country from which entry into Montenegro is not allowed.
• Citizens of the Republic of Serbia can leave Montenegro without restrictions.
29 Aug 2020, 18:27 PM
August 29, 2020 - Dusko Knežević's legal representatives have warned the representatives of the executive authorities that, if the Government does not compensate the businessman, they will sue the state before the International Court of Arbitration. In the event of a favorable outcome for the Atlas Group President, property belonging to Montenegro may be transferred to him, states a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Srdjan Darmanovic sent by Knežević's legal representatives Gary B. Born and Steven P. Finizio. Darmanovic was reminded that they had sent him a previous notice of the dispute a year ago.
"In the Notice of Dispute sent to you in August 2019, Dr.Knežević suggested a conversation in good faith to achieve a fair resolution of these accusations. Dr.Knežević's proposal to initiate talks in good faith was following Article 9 of the Agreement, which stipulates that after receiving such a notification, the Government must meet with the investor and make efforts to resolve these disputes amicably where possible. Despite this, the Government ignored the Notice of Dispute by not answering at all the serious questions raised in the Notice, not to mention that it did not join the talks in good faith following the Agreement," reads the new letter sent to Minister Darmanović. 
They recall that the Government has violated its obligations under the Bilateral Investment Agreement between Cyprus and Montenegro, which has caused "growing and permanent damage" to Knezevic and his investments, which exceeds 500,000,000 euros. They emphasized that by this Agreement, Knežević and the Atlas Group's affected companies have the right to initiate arbitration proceedings against Montenegro, according to the arbitration rules of UNCITRAL, ICC or ICSID.
"If lawsuits against Montenegro are filed under UNCITRAL or ICC rules, the proceedings will be conducted before an international tribunal sitting in a neutral jurisdiction and under the courts' supervision in that jurisdiction. Among other things, that international court will have the authority to order the Government to disclose documents relating to the measures it has taken against Dr.Knežević. Also, Montenegro would be obliged to comply with any judgment issued by that court. Suppose Montenegro refuses to do so by failing to comply with its contractual obligations. In that case, the decision may be enforced on Montenegro's property, among other things, following the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards," they stressed.
They point out that the situation is similar if the lawsuits are resolved through arbitration according to ICSID rules - the tribunal will have the authority to order the Government to disclose documents related to the measures it has taken against Knežević. Montenegro will be obliged to abide by the verdict against it that can be enforced globally against Montenegro's property following the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States. They emphasized that Knežević still wishes to start talks to reach a fair and constructive solution to the dispute, and therefore, it provides the Government with another opportunity:
"If the Government does not respond and agree to the talks within 60 days, Dr.Knežević will have no choice but to conclude that the Government does not wish to discuss the issue in good faith and to start arbitration following the Agreement."
Source: Vijesti
29 Aug 2020, 18:02 PM
August 29, 2020 - Partners of the Media Freedom Rapid Reaction Mechanism (MFRR), and media freedom organizations have expressed concern over journalists' defamation in Montenegro on the Internet.
They especially highlighted the campaign of intimidation towards two Vijesti journalists - Siniša Luković and Vuk Lajović, and Dražen Živković, editor of the Borba portal.
"In mid-August, the online platform Udar published a list of people they called 'collaborators of the Serbian secret services.' Three journalists were named: Sinisa Lukovic and Vuk Lajovic from the daily Vijesti, and Drazen Zivkovic from the website. It is a clear attempt to target these journalists and the influence of their reporting on corruption and power abuse. The coup hides the authors and sources of their information and does not provide any independently verifiable evidence for the allegations listed. Without the necessary evidence, Lukovic, Lajovic, and Zivkovic their classification can only be seen as an attempt to restrict their work and discourage others from continuing their work," the MFRR said.
The MFRR and partners called on the Montenegrin authorities to investigate the Udar website and urgently remove the names of journalists from the list. It points out that state authorities should also launch an investigation into Udar's activities to ensure their compliance with media transparency laws.
"As the country approaches the parliamentary elections on August 30, it is necessary to allow reporters to work freely and independently. For this reason, the MFRR urges the Montenegrin government to support media freedom and allow journalists to do their job without fear of attack or threat." concludes in a statement signed by:
European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
International Press Institute (IPI)
Observatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)
Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
South-East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO)
Source: Vijesti
29 Aug 2020, 16:50 PM
August 29, 2020 - The final guest list of this year's, 14th edition of the Herceg Novi Comic Festival (HSF), which takes place from September 4 to 9th, although reduced due to the strict pandemic policy of EU countries towards Montenegro, includes some of the world's most significant names in the ninth art! The first among equals is undoubtedly the spectacular Glen Fabry, winner of the Eisner Award. Glenn arrives accompanied by Karen Holloway, a comic book artist who works for the most famous British publishing house, 2000AD.
"Glenn accepted to come to the Festival although he will have a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon his return to Great Britain. He did us a great honor with that. He is one of the most talented and most famous cartoonists of all time and, at the same time, a kind of rock star of the ninth art, a man who lives by his rules, and who recognized the HSF as a festival worth visiting," said the organizers.
The Festival will also feature Esad Ribić, a global superstar, one of the greatest cartoonists of the American giant MARVEL, and Russian master Artiom Trahanov hired by the American publisher IMAGE, alongside the inevitable Ambassador of the Herceg Novi Comics Festival, the legendary William Simpson. After the cancellation of a large number of comic book festivals in the region this year, and the postponement or online presence of others, HSF remained the only destination for stars and comic book fans this summer. The drawing team will be filled by some of the greatest European artists, special HSF guests from the previous editions. HSF is expecting Mirko Čolak, who recently worked on a fantastic comic with Todd McFarlane, a mighty name in the world of comics today, and also Milorad Vicanović Maza, Štef Bartolić, Krešimir Biuk, Tihomir Tikulin, Iztok Sitar, Filip Andronik, Milan Mišić, and Ana Omi.
In addition to the definitive list of guests,  during the last preparatory weekend before the 14th Herceg Novi Comics Festival, the program scheme also got its final look. Faced with the most complicated organizational challenge so far- the year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the HSF Comics Lovers Association performed a kind of feat by holding the Festival on time and with a regular program construction.
"We will do our best so that the audience in Herceg Novi does not feel for a moment that this year is different from any other, that the budget is only one-tenth of the previous editions and that the number of special guests is smaller. Drawing, exhibitions, presentations, comic book exchange, music programs, and everything that accompanies the Festival will take place on September 6 this year in our city, in the most beautiful locations, and everyone will enjoy the cheerful characters of the ninth art. Circumstances have contributed to the fact that the Montenegrin scene will have special attention at HSF. We will present the first review of the most famous comic's author in the country, editor Simon Vuckovic, who also marks 25 years of work on comics. Authors Andrija Vujosevic and Miodrag Spasojevic will have exhibitions and presentations, and we will have a lecture by Luka Rakojevic. Special attention will be paid to the fantastic exhibition of Luka Cakic and the new project by Nikola Curcin, which is simply breathtaking," the organizers state.
The musical programs are prominent this year, as are the festival T-shirts and posters that many special guests made, regardless of them not being able to attend. The comic book market will also be stronger than in previous years. In addition to the regular offers of the comic book store Mr.No from Podgorica, comic book fans will be able to buy editions of Komiko, Besna Kobila, and Makondo and Phoenix Press. 
When we draw the line- HSF calls its modest release in the most challenging year, the story that for many comic book festivals in the region remains an unfulfilled dream. The guest list is phenomenal, and with some possible surprises, always expected from the HSF, this will be another great event dedicated for the ninth art. The bar has been raised high. 
"We owe the most generous gratitude to HSF's friends and sponsors who provided enormous support this year when the Festival was not able to count on sponsorship from public funds," states the organization team running one of the most exciting art festivals in this part of Europe.
28 Aug 2020, 21:39 PM
August 28, 2020 - Laboratories of the Institute of Public Health have completed PCR analysis of 601 samples for the new coronavirus since the last section, discovering 105 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is currently 840.
Since the last section, three deaths have been reported in patients from Nikšić and Plav (2), treated at the Nikšić General Hospital and the Berane General Hospital. The deceased patients were born in 1935, 1952, and 1963. The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of June is 83, and since the beginning of the year: 92.
Recovery has been reported in 125 patients.
Since the beginning of the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in mid-March, 4,663 cases of new coronavirus infection have been registered in Montenegro.
The Clinical Center of Montenegro is currently treating 19 patients with COVID-19 infection. Six patients have been connected to non-invasive ventilation, and they remain in a live-threatening condition.
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients will also be able to vote
Citizens who are in self-isolation or quarantine, and do not have coronavirus, will temporarily go out to vote on the day of parliamentary and local elections in several Montenegrin municipalities, scheduled for Sunday, August 30, and then return to quarantine or home. Citizens who are COVID-19 positive and are recovering at home will be able to vote by post, and the same opportunity will be available to patients in the hospital.
The order was issued by the Ministry of Health this evening on the advice of the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Tevizija Vijesti reported.
Poland has banned flights from 46 countries, including Montenegro
According to the proposed draft law, Poland will ban flights from 46 countries from September 2 due to the increase in coronavirus infections.
Among the countries affected by the flight ban are France, Spain, Romania, the United States, Israel, Mexico and Brazil, and Croatia and Montenegro are on the updated list.
The decision is a targeted measure by the government, which is trying to curb the spread of the epidemic this time without quarantine, writes the Guardian.
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