Chairman of the EU-Montenegro Stabilization and Association Committee Vladimir Bilcik said on Aug. 20 that the state needed a genuine pro-European government that could prioritize European Union strategic reforms as opposed to narrow political interests.
After several hours of debating, in the night between Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, the Parliament of Montenegro passed a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic's government, after just 100 days in office. Bilcik said that Montenegro could join the EU once it managed to successfully solve a number of difficult domestic political tasks, adding that the EU "is ready to help" with that.
Fifty out of the total 81 MPs voted no-confidence in the government.
The government was dismissed by the Democratic Party of Socialists, the Social Democratic Party, the Social Democrats, and the Democratic Union of Albanians, which motioned for voting no-confidence in Dritan Abazovic's cabinet. The dismissal was requested after the signing of a Fundamental Agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church in early August this year.
This is the second government in Montenegro to be toppled in the last three months which leaves two solutions - talks on a new majority or a shortening of the Parliament's term of office and a snap general election.