Montenegro: DPS will not participate in work of the Parliament

Montenegro: DPS will not participate in work of the Parliament

Deputies of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) will not participate in the plenary sessions of the Montenegrin Parliament, working bodies and the work of the Committee for Reform of Electoral Legislation. The leader of DP caucus in the Parliament, Danijel Živković, said that the decision is reaction to the arrogant and ruthless behavior of the ruling majority.

Živković explained that the DPS decided to boycott because of “the arrogant and ruthless behaviour of the ruling majority, not only during the current session, but also during all previous months.”

“Behaving in this manner during the previous months, the ruling majority has shown a blatant example of how and in what way to collapse the Constitution in a short time, collapse what is the institutional substance of Montenegro and turn off the country from the European path,” Živković said at a press conference.

He pointed out that the representatives of the ruling majority were self-deceived, if they thought that the opposition will be a decoration in the Assembly, to give legitimacy for the collapse of the Constitutional capacity and the European path of Montenegro.

“We will continue to come to the Assembly and perform part of our work tasks, but we will not participate in the work of the plenary session or the work of working bodies in the next few days,” Živković said.

He reminded that the opposition said that they were ready to open a dialogue regarding the election of leading people in the judiciary, but that the offer was rejected.

Živković said that the ruling majority is acting contrary to the basic principles of the European Union (EU) to reach quality solutions through dialogue and consensus, which are very important for the rule of law.

According to him, the arrogant and ruthless behaviour of the ruling majority will not be unnoticed and will have an adequate political response.

“We will not participate in that, to watch institutions collapse. There is no fear among DPS officials; our work has been the subject of observation by all state bodies,” said Živković.

He said that the political response of the DPS would be very clear and precise.

“We have a strategy for every attempt of the ruling majority to overthrow the Constitution of Montenegro,” said Živković.

He said that the DPS decided to boycott not only because of the law on the prosecution, but that it was “a drop that overflowed the glass”.