Montenegrin (party)

Montenegrin (Montenegrin: Црногорска / Crnogorska; CG) was a minor national liberal political party in Montenegro, founded in 2017 as the successor to Montenegrin Democratic Union (CDU). The party had no seats in the Parliament of Montenegro, and never contest the national-level parliamentary election. It had 3 members of the Budva local parliament, elected in 2020 from the DPS-led list.

Montenegrin
Crnogorska
Црногорска
FoundersMiodrag Vlahović
Miodrag Živković
Founded14 June 2014
DissolvedSeptember 2021
Merged intoCivil Initiative "21 of May"
HeadquartersCetinje
IdeologyNational liberalism
Montenegrin nationalism
Pro-Europeanism
Historically (2018-2020)
Economic liberalism
Social liberalism
Constitutional patriotism
Political positionCentre-right
Website
crnogorska.me

HistoryEdit

Miodrag Vlahović, founder and first president of CDU, resigned and was succeeded by Dragan Ivančević, whose election was followed by the rebranding of the party.[1] Some notable members of the party, such as leader Ivančević and president of Political Council, Miodrag Živković, are former members of the Liberal Party of Montenegro and Liberal Alliance of Montenegro. The party is non-parliamentary, since its foundation as the CDU, and its greatest achievement has been winning 3 seats in Budva local parliament at the 2016 local elections.[2]

In 2018, Vladimir Pavićević was elected as the new party leader. During Pavicević's leadership the party was in close relations with opposition Democratic Montenegro (Democrats), which sparked criticism of part of party members.

On 28 January 2020 at the height of the political crisis in Montenegro, Pavićević announced he was leaving the party, following ideological disagreements with party membership,[3] many local committees collectively leave the party and join the Democrats.[4] After Pavićević's departure, the party is increasingly returning to the nationalist discourse, as well supporting the policies of the DPS-led government and President Đukanović, which led to the crisis of the Budva local coalition government, and the removal of the previous opposition-led local authorities, which was accompanied by arrests, police brutality and violence against local government officials and its supporters, as well the return of the DPS to local government in Budva.[5]

The party ran at the 2020 local elections in Budva as part of the list of the ruling DPS. After the victory of the opposition at the August 2020 parliamentary elections, and the fall of the DPS from the position of power after 30 years of rule, Party leader Ivanović openly called the new parliamentary big tent majority "enemies of Montenegro". At 30 October 2020, on the occasion of the news of the death of the head of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Amfilohije (Radović), Ivanović said "it's refreshing", which caused resentment and controversy in the Montenegrin public.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cdu je sada Crnogorska".
  2. ^ Odbornici, Skupština (2016), budva.me
  3. ^ Vladimir Pavićević napušta Crnogorsku partiju, Danas
  4. ^ I nikšićki odbor napustio stranku, Dan Online
  5. ^ Bulatović i Kuč traže da im policija omogući da "obavljaju dužnosti", Vijesti, 23-06-2020
  6. ^ Odbornica Crnogorske povodom smrti mitropolita poručila: Osvježilo, baš!, 30-10-2020, RTV Budva

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