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Montenegrin lawmakers decide to overthrow the president for violating the Constitution, reports say



BELGRADE (Sputnik) – Lawmakers in Montenegro have accused President Milo Djukanovic of violating the constitution after he refused to give the green light to the proposed candidacy for the post of prime minister and decided to start the process of ousting the leader of state, media reported.

On Thursday, 41 lawmakers signed a letter calling for the president’s impeachment after Djukanovic refused to consider Miodrag Lekic for prime minister and announced he was dissolving the assembly instead, Montenegrin publication RTBC reported.

The next parliamentary session is due to take place on September 30, but it is not yet clear whether the legislature will address the president’s initiative to dissolve parliament or the opposition motion to impeach the president.

However, before a vote of no confidence can take place in the chamber, lawyer Veselin Radulovic told online magazine Balkan Insight, the country’s constitutional court must decide whether the president has in fact violated the constitution. As it happens, four of the six judges have retired, most recently Justice Miodrag Ilickovic on September 20, so the court no longer has a quorum, rendering its rulings potentially unconstitutional.

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