Montenegro Expected To Call Presidential Election

Ranko Krivokapic, the speaker of parliament, is expected to call a presidential election by the end of next week after meeting the heads of various parties.Before calling the presidential election, Krivokapic will meet representatives of all parliamentary parties, Radio Antena M said on Tuesday.

The mandate of the current President, Filip Vujanovic, expires in May. The election need to be called at least three months before his mandate expires.

It is still not decided who will represent the main ruling party, the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, in the presidential race.

Although the polls suggest that Vujanovic remains the most popular public figure in the country, he may have difficulty running again.

This is because he is now serving a third term, and the 2007 Constitution stipulates that the same head of state can be elected only twice.

There are different interpretations, however. Some say that, since the country only restored its independence in 2006, Vujanovic is only now completing his first full term as president of an independent country. Thus, they say he should have the right to run again.

The Social Democratic Party, the junior coalition partner of the DPS, has said it would oppose a Vujanovic candidacy.

On the other hand, the largest opposition formation, the Democratic Front, has said its leader, Miodrag Lekic, will stand as its candidate.

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