Montenegrin parliamentary election, August 2020

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Reports, analyses and information related to the legislative election taking place in Montenegro on 30 August 2020.

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The 81 seats in the national parliament are elected in a single nationwide constituency using closed list proportional representation. There is a 3% electoral threshold, but minority groups that account for no more than 15% of the population in a district are given an exemption that lowers that threshold for a maximum of three seats. A separate exemption is given to ethnic Croats. This was the fifth parliamentary election in Montenegro since the country acquired its independence. This election was held with specific measures in the framework of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The election campaign was marked by considerable polarisation among the population, following a number of corruption scandals involving members of the ruling DPS party and following controversy related to a religion law put forward by the cabinet. Montenegro's President Milo Đukanović - also the DPS leader - has been widely regarded as the dominant political figure in the country.

The ruling party won the election (35.06%) but did not manage to guarantee an overall parliamentary majority alongside its allies. The opposition blocs gathered a majority altogether, spearheaded by the conservative ZBCG coalition (32.55%). The main opposition coalitions agreed on 31 August 2020 to form a government to bring DPS dominance to an end. On 1 September, Mr Đukanović recognised the electoral defeat of his party.

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Wikipedia: 2020 Montenegrin parliamentary election
IFES Election Guide: Election for Montenegrin Assembly
Balkan Insight: Analysis, 06/08/2020: Opposition Faces Uphill Battle in Looming Montenegro Election
Euronews, 28/08/2020: In Montenegro, a divided nation chooses between east and west
The Economist, 29/08/2020: Serbian Orthodox priests say Montenegro’s government backs satanists
Euronews, 02/09/2020: Montenegro election: Who are the triumphant opposition factions and what do they stand for?
CSIS: Blog, 03/09/2020: The Winds of Political Change in Montenegro
Balkan Insight, 04/09/2020: Europe’s Liberals Should Cut Montenegro’s Transition Some Slack
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 08/09/2020: Seizing the democratic opportunity in Montenegro
openDemocracy: Can Europe Make It?, 08/09/2020: Electoral glimpse of hope in Montenegro
Euronews: View, 10/09/2020: With power within reach, this is what Montenegro's new coalition government needs to do first

Euronews, 21/02/2020: Unholy row exposes deep divisions in Montenegro
AP News, 20/06/2020: Montenegro to hold parliamentary election on Aug. 30
EurActiv, 22/06/2020: Montenegro calls polls for August despite virus return
Balkan Insight, 22/07/2020: Church Accuses Montenegro of Abusing Talks on Disputed Law
Balkan Insight, 23/07/2020: Army of ‘Phantom Voters’ Casts Doubt over Fairness of Montenegro Vote
Balkan Insight, 17/08/2020: Montenegro Election Commission Uses Ruling Party Activist’s Software
Balkan Insight, 18/08/2020: Opposition Cries Foul as Albanian Diaspora Voters Head for Montenegro
France24, 30/08/2020: Montenegro voters face choice between pro-EU ruling party and pro-Russian opposition
Euronews, 31/08/2020: Montenegro's ruling party could be ousted from power for first time in 30 years
BBC News, 31/08/2020: Montenegro election: Opposition parties eye tiny majority
Deutsche Welle, 31/08/2020: Montenegro election: Djukanovic's DPS leads with slim margin
EurActiv, 31/08/2020: Montenegro’s pro-Western ruling party falls short of majority after election
Reuters, 03/09/2020: Montenegro president accepts his party lost election
Reuters, 06/09/2020: Thousands protest against pro-Serb rallies in Montenegro
Balkan Insight, 09/09/2020: Montenegro Coalition Leaders Agree on ‘Pro-European’ Course

OSCE: ODIHR: Montenegrin Parliamentary Elections, 30 August 2020
EU EEAS: Montenegro: Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the elections (1 September 2020)

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