Montenegro: We have shown that we have a democratic capacity, Đukanović says

Montenegro: We have shown that we have a democratic capacity, Đukanović says

On Monday, the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, received the head of the observation mission of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) in Montenegro, Gianluca Pasarelli, it was announced from the Office of the President.

Expressing his satisfaction for the meeting with Pasareli, President Đukanović expressed his gratitude to the European Network (ENEMO) for its contribution to the democratic election process in Montenegro. He emphasized that the presence of that Network in the conditions of the pandemic and the limited participation of the ODIHR, was extremely important for the democratic character of the election process in Montenegro. At the end of that process, everyone has reason to be happy, because, as he said, Montenegro has shown that it has a democratic capacity, despite the announcements of possible complications, and a solid democratic foundation that is able to respond to the need for government transition. According to Đukanović, this is a good confirmation that “we have not lost in the past 30 years and that despite critical observations and prejudices towards the Balkans from certain addresses, we still have a significant number of practices in this area that confirm the capacity for European standard and EU membership and that democracy and culture continue to grow in Montenegro”. He said that Montenegro, after carefully reading the ENEMO Report, will, as before, work on eliminating weaknesses and improving the electoral system.

The head of the observation mission, Gianluca Pasarelli, said with gratitude for the reception that he was honored and pleased to meet with President Đukanović and personally convey his impressions and experiences during the mission. Pasarelli pointed out that he witnessed a historic moment, not because of the election results, but because of the attitude and decision of President Đukanović, which, as he said, he can be proud of because they represent a step forward towards democratic maturation. Pasarelli, announcing that he would present all observations on the election and post-election appearances of the participants in the final report, said that this was a turning point for Montenegro and that it was important to point out certain warnings in the context of Montenegro’s future policy and European path./ibna