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Montenegro: Hundreds protest in Podgorica over new law restricting president's power over parliament٠٠:٠٣:١١

Montenegro: Hundreds protest in Podgorica over new law restricting president's power over parliament

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Montenegrin parliament in Podgorica, to protest against a new law which they believe restricts the president's power and demanding a parliamentary election

The protesters, many of whom arrived in cars in the capital, were seen holding Montenegrin flags and chanting anti-government slogans, while the police guarded the parliament.

Under the new law, adopted on November 1 by a narrow majority, the president is obliged to propose a prime minister-designate if the candidate has a majority in the parliament. It came after President Milo Djukanovic rejected a candidate and suggested early elections, following the downfall of two administrations.

"The Government of Montenegro is in a technical mandate and is trying to pass this unconstitutional law regarding the President of Montenegro. I don't know what else to tell you. People don’t have the right to decide on anything," said Zvicer, a protester.

"Today we have gathered here for the fourth time to send a clear message and to say “Stop to the betrayal of Montenegro and the Montenegrin people”. We are here to send a message that the shameful Law on the President will not be passed," stated another protester.

The demonstration was organised by the Ima Nas movement (We Are Numerous), known for its support of incumbent President Milo Djukanovic.

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Montenegrin parliament in Podgorica, to protest against a new law which they believe restricts the president's power and demanding a parliamentary election

The protesters, many of whom arrived in cars in the capital, were seen holding Montenegrin flags and chanting anti-government slogans, while the police guarded the parliament.

Under the new law, adopted on November 1 by a narrow majority, the president is obliged to propose a prime minister-designate if the candidate has a majority in the parliament. It came after President Milo Djukanovic rejected a candidate and suggested early elections, following the downfall of two administrations.

"The Government of Montenegro is in a technical mandate and is trying to pass this unconstitutional law regarding the President of Montenegro. I don't know what else to tell you. People don’t have the right to decide on anything," said Zvicer, a protester.

"Today we have gathered here for the fourth time to send a clear message and to say “Stop to the betrayal of Montenegro and the Montenegrin people”. We are here to send a message that the shameful Law on the President will not be passed," stated another protester.

The demonstration was organised by the Ima Nas movement (We Are Numerous), known for its support of incumbent President Milo Djukanovic.