Montenegro: Laws re-adopted by President Đukanović return to Parliament

Montenegro: Laws re-adopted by President Đukanović return to Parliament

The Parliament of Montenegro adopted by majority vote the amendments to the Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities, which the Montenegrin President re-tabled alongside six more laws adopted on December 29, in order for the House to re-debate on them.

The law was adopted with 41 votes.

At the extraordinary session, the deputies also adopted the amendments to the Law on Credit Institutions, Rehabilitation of Credit Institutions and Fiscalization in the Trade of Products and Services. The Montenegrin Government had previously proposed these four laws.

Opposition MPs did not attend the parliamentary session.

At the second extraordinary session, the deputies will vote again on the amendments to the labour law, the law on civil servants and state employees, as well as on health care, at the initiative of the ruling coalition.

Đukanović stated in his remarks that, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly, the quorum shall be determined via the electronic voting system in such a way that each MP is obliged to personally confirm their identity (register) by inserting an identification card in the MP’s desk or based on the records of the Secretary General of the Assembly.

“Therefore, the question is whether there was a quorum at the beginning of the session and the adoption of the agenda, and consequently whether an issue of democratic legitimacy is raised, alongside an issue of harmonization between the adopted laws with the Constitution of Montenegro and the applicable legal regulations,” said Đukanović.

He also pointed out the open legal issue of stating the termination of the mandate of MP Filip Adžić and confirming the mandate of Suada Zoronjić, given the negative decision by majority vote of the State Election Commission and the overall parliamentary practice in Montenegro which provides that the mandate of an MP shall be confirmed only at the suggestion of that independent institutional authority. /ibna