The Peace is Our Nation (Serbian and Montenegrin: Mir je naša nacija / Мир је наша нација), initially announced as the Citizens' Bloc (Građanski blok / Грађански блок), was a big tent, moderate and pro-European political coalition in Montenegro, formed for the August 2020 parliamentary election.[1][2]

Peace is Our Nation
Mir je naša nacija
Мир је наша нација
LeaderAleksa Bečić
Founded12 July 2020
Succeeded byAleksa and Dritan – Count Bravely!
IdeologyCatch-all alliance[1]
Political positionCentre
SloganWe Are Family
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Local Parliaments
99 / 847

History edit

The coalition was formed on 12 July 2020, and it is composed of the Democrats, DEMOS, the New Left, PUPI, as well some independent candidates, such as liberal politician Vladimir Pavićević, former leader of the Montenegrin party.[3]

The main goal of the coalition is to overthrow the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of President Milo Đukanović, which has been in power since 1991, announcing an anticorruption, reformist and moderate platform, also representing itself as civic and multinational alternative to the growing populist and nationalist rhetoric within the ruling DPS and opposition Democratic Front (DF), which they accuse of polarizing Montenegrin society and inciting ethnic hatred and unrest. Leader of the Democrats Aleksa Bečić will head the joint electoral list for the parliamentary election in August 2020.[4][1][5]

The August 2020 election resulted in a victory for the opposition parties and the fall from power of the ruling DPS, which has ruled the country since the introduction of the multi-party system in 1990. The coalition won 12.54% of the popular vote, which equals 10 seats in the parliament.[6] Coalition list leader Bečić and the leaders of the lists For the Future of Montenegro and United Reform Action, Zdravko Krivokapić and Dritan Abazović, agreed during meeting on several principles on which the future government will rest, including the formation of an expert government, to continue to work on the European Union accession process, fight against corruption, overcoming society polarization, and to work on changing the disputed Law on Religious Communities.[7] They welcomed minority parties of Bosniaks and Albanians, and wished to form government with them.[7]

Electoral performance edit

Parliamentary election edit

Election Ballot carrier Popular vote % of popular vote Overall seats won Government
2020 Aleksa Bečić 51,298 12.53%
10 / 81
Support 2020-22
Opposition 2022-23

Members edit

Party Main ideology Position Leader No. of seats
Democrats Conservative liberalism
Centre Aleksa Bečić
9 / 81
DEMOS Liberalism
Centre to centre-right Miodrag Lekić
1 / 81
Pensioners' Pensioners' interests
Social justice
Single-issue Momir Joksimović
0 / 81
Former members of the coalition Membership
New Left Social democracy
Centre-left Saša Mijović 2020 (parl.)
IPPT[n-p] Economic liberalism
Centre Vladimir Pavićević 2020 (parl.)
NDCG Christian democracy
Centre-right Vesna Bratić 2021 (local)

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Prva predizborna koalicija, formiran građanski blok".
  2. ^ Koalicija Mir je naša nacija: Ubjedljivo ćemo pobijediti DPS na izborima, Cafe del Montenegro
  3. ^ U Crnoj Gori formiran "Građanski blok",
  4. ^ Formiranje Građanskog bloka, Vijesti
  5. ^ Bečić predvodi koaliciju Mir je naša nacija, CdM
  6. ^ "Rezultati DIK-a na 100 odsto prebrojanih glasova: DPS 35.06, "Za budućnost Crne Gore" 32.55 odsto glasova". (in Serbian). Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  7. ^ a b "Montenegrin opposition agrees on expert government, revision of disputed laws". N1. 2020-08-31.