|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
Reports, analyses and information related to the legislative election taking place in Montenegro on 30 August 2020.
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.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics, Parliamentary | Legislative Elections|
|Countries / Regions||Montenegro|