July 30, 2012

Podgorica, President Vujanović holds Consultations with Leaders of Parliamentary Parties
The President of Montenegro today, towards the publishing the decision on the date of the parliamentary elections, held talks with the leaders of parliamentary parties. He explained that, pursuant to the provision of Article 15, paragraph 1 of the Law on Election of Councilors and Members of Parliament, he is obliged to call for parliamentary elections on the day following the day of coming into effect of the decision of shortening the term of office. The Decision of the Parliament of Montenegro on shortening the mandate of the Parliament of Montenegro for its 14 Convocation is published in the Official Gazette of Montenegro, No 41 of 30 July 2012, so the elections must be called on 31 July 2012. He also informed that he will set the elections for Sunday, as a non-working day, as well as having in mind the time-limit of no less than 60 days and no more than 100 days, these elections may be set for 30 September, 7, 14, 21 and 28 October or 4 November 2012.

The Presidents of the DPS, Bosniak Party and FORCA, Milo Djukanović, Rafet Husović and Nazif Cungu stated that it doesn’t matter to these parties what day the elections will be set within the statutory time limit.

The President of the SDP Ranko Krivokapić suggested the parliamentary elections be held on 21 October 2012.

The President of the Democratic Union of Albanians and Albanian Alternative Mehmed Zenga and Vaselj Siništaj stated that their parties prefer one of the Sundays in the second part of October while the President of the Albanian Alternative directly stated it to the President at the meeting he had with him today.

The President of the HGI Marija Vučinović preferred the election date in the second part of October stating that a week before or after doesn’t have a particular significance.
The President of the Democratic Union in Montenegro, Mehmet Bardhi proposed the elections be set as late as possible within the statutory time-limit.

The Presidents of the New Serb Democracy and the Movement for Changes Andrija Mandić and Nebojša Medojević informed the President in written that the two parties - "are not in a position to make a statement regarding the date for parliamentary elections since the mandate of the Parliament of Montenegro was shortened against our will and common democratic standard that implies mutual respect for parliamentary actors. The Presidency of the Democratic Front, which was established by free will of our two parties, thinks that there is no need for direct communication and negotiation about the date, because we believe that it is degrading that the stance on the election day was announced by the Spokesman of your party, before you as the President of Montenegro and the Vice President of DPS. We believe that you will, in party communication with the President of DPS Milo Djukanović, set a date for the elections and therefore take over a part of responsibility also for their regularity. At the same time, we remind you that we have repeatedly asked you to shorten your term of office and enable simultaneous holding of the presidential election, which would end the years-long practice of affirmation of the party interests, to the detriment of national interests.”
The President of the SNP Srdjan Milić suggested meeting the President of Montenegro during the next day, and the meeting was arranged in his office at 11 am, after which the President will issue a release from the meeting.

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