The Presidency of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, on Monday said it had decided to initiate a shortening of parliament’s term in order to pave the way for early elections. The party had also reached a broad agreement with its Social Democrat coalition partners on their joint participation in the election, it added. Caslav Vesovic, DPS spokesperson, said early elections were needed for the next steps in the EU accession process, which must be dealt with by a new government over a full term in office. Montenegro started membership talks with the EU at the end of June.
Previously, Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, said that if Podgorica obtained a start date for membership talks, parliamentary elections should be held in the autumn of 2012 and not in spring 2013, when the government’s and parliament’s mandates expire. According to the constitution, the President has the authority to call parliamentary elections. Many want presidential elections to be held simultaneously with parliamentary polls. Debate is ongoing about whether Vujanovic may stand as a candidate for another term. He is now serving his second term as President of Montenegro.