Republic of Montenegro (1992–2006)

The Republic of Montenegro (Serbian: Република Црна Гора, romanizedRepublika Crna Gora) was a constituent federated state of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and then Serbia and Montenegro between 1992 and 2006. The declaration of independence of Montenegro in 2006 ended the ex-Yugoslav state. After the collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), the remaining republics of Montenegro and Serbia agreed to the formation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) which officially abandoned communism and nominally endorsed democratic institutions. Montenegro was a constituent republic of the FRY and its successor state until June 2006 when Montenegro declared independence from Serbia and Montenegro following the 2006 Montenegrin independence referendum.

Republic of Montenegro
Република Црна Гора
Republika Crna Gora
Flag of Montenegro (1993–2004).svg
Flag of Montenegro.svg
Coat of arms of Montenegro (1992-2004).svg
Coat of arms of Montenegro.svg
Anthem: "Хеј, Словени" (1992–2004)
"Hej, Sloveni"
"Hey, Slavs"

Ој, свијетла мајска зоро (2004–2006)
Oj, svijetla majska zoro
English: "Oh, Bright Dawn of May"
Subdivisions of Serbia and Montenegro:
  •   Republic of Montenegro
StatusConstituent state of Serbia and Montenegro
Cetinje (Royal Capital)
Official languagesSerbian language of ijekavian dialect[2]
parliamentary republic
• 1992–1998 (first)
Momir Bulatović
• 2003–2006 (last)
Filip Vujanović
Prime Minister 
• 1992–1998 (first)
Milo Đukanović
• 2003–2006 (last)
Milo Đukanović
28 April 1992
12 October 1992
3 June 2006
200613,812 km2 (5,333 sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeME
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Socialist Republic of Montenegro
Today part ofMontenegro


Federal Republic of YugoslaviaEdit

Upon entry into the FRY, Montenegro was led by President Momir Bulatović, a former member of the Communist Party in Yugoslavia and an ally of Serbian President Slobodan Milošević, whom Bulatović helped gain power during the Anti-Bureaucratic Revolution, in which he and Milošević gained power in their respective republics. In the final years of the SFRY's existence, Bulatović had supported Milošević's demands for a "one-member, one-vote" system in the Communist party congress which would have given numerical superiority to their cohort in the congress. This fostered the collapse of the Communist Party and later the SFRY. Bulatović began to show reluctance to remain in a union with Serbia when countries like Italy offered Montenegro the possibility of quick access into the European Community if Montenegro separated from Yugoslavia. However, Bulatovic's brief endorsement of Montenegrin independence ended due to pressure from Serbia. In 1992, Montenegro joined the FRY after a referendum took place on 1 March of that year. In the same year, the capital Titograd (named after former Yugoslav leader Joseph Broz Tito) was renamed to its pre-communist name of Podgorica. In 1993, Montenegro abandoned its former Communist-era flag and adopted a plain tricolour, similar to Serbia's but longer, and with a lighter blue for its centre stripe, marking a distinction between the two republics which had exactly the same flag during the Communist era. This flag would be in place until 2004.

Montenegro's continued union with Serbia provided legitimacy to the continuation of a Yugoslav state, important to Serbia as the continuation of a Yugoslav state would allow the federation to lay claim to former Yugoslav territory in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia populated by Serbs. Also Montenegro had access to the sea which kept Serbia's sovereign body from being landlocked and allowed for a navy (merchant and military) to exist. Over time, the domineering nature of President Milošević and his allies within the federation provoked ordinary Montenegrins to shift towards independence, while creating a growing desire for regime change and support for opposition within Serbia. Strain with Serbia over economic policy caused Montenegro to adopt the Deutsche Mark in 1996 while waiting for the European Community to formalise a European currency. After Bulatović stepped down as Montenegrin president in 1998, the new president Milo Đukanović opposed Milošević (now Yugoslav President) and set Montenegro on a course to independence.[3][4]

Confederacy and independenceEdit

In 2003, the FR Yugoslavia became a confederacy and granted more autonomy to Montenegro with only defence and foreign policy remaining responsibility for Yugoslavia. This was a step closer to Montenegro's independence. In 2006, Montenegro held an independence referendum. 55% voted in favour of independence, but this was only a narrow victory for independence. Montenegro officially declared independence in June 2006, causing Serbia to become independent, ending the federal union of Yugoslavia.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Constitution of the Republic of Montenegro". Article 7
  2. ^ "Constitution of the Republic of Montenegro". Article 9
  3. ^ Miller, Nicholas (2005). "Serbia and Montenegro". Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture. Vol. 3. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. pp. 529–581. ISBN 9781576078006.
  4. ^ Montenegro: Country Profile,
  5. ^ Montenegro declares independence BBC News, 4 June 2006