The clock in Budva is ticking, there is no solution in sight

The formation of the government is still in a stalemate. Both the largest lists are "concreted" with 15 councilors each, some parties have already started working on the ground for new elections. The deadline is August 6

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Can I count on the Democrats?: Jovanović's election staff, Photo: Vuk Lajović
Can I count on the Democrats?: Jovanović's election staff, Photo: Vuk Lajović
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Budva's politicians are still in a stalemate regarding the formation of the local government, the deadline for the constitution of the parliament runs from Friday, June 7 and expires on August 6, but after July 7, the Government will take over the scheduling of the session where the first person should be elected. If the session is not held within the legal term, the president Jakov Milatovic announces new elections.

This stems from the Law on Local Self-Government.

On June 7, the Municipal Election Commission announced the final results of the May 26 election, which were published in the Official Gazette yesterday, June 10.

Current Head of Parliament Nikola Jovanovic has a deadline of 15 days from the announcement of the final results, i.e. until June 23, to schedule the first session of the new convocation of the Municipal Assembly.

President of the MEC Đorđe Vujović said that according to the Law on Local Self-Government, the session of the Municipal Assembly is held within 30 days at the latest.

"If the session is not scheduled and held within the time limit provided by law, i.e. within 30 days, the Government shall convene a session of the Council of Ministers no later than 15 days after the expiry of the prescribed deadline for convening, i.e. holding the session. If the Municipal Assembly is not constituted within 60 days from the publication of the final results, the President of Montenegro calls for new elections," said Vujović to "Vijesta".

According to the final results of the newspaper "Budva naš grad - Nikola Jovanović" received the support of 2.671 voters or 23,91 percent and won nine mandates, the newspaper "Demokrate - Ojačaj. Renew. Come alive. - Budva Decides - Đorđe Zenović" received 1.194 votes or 10,70 percent (four mandates), "For the future of Budva - Budva open city - Mladen Mikijelj" received the support of 2.842 voters or 25,44 percent, i.e. nine mandates, "Europe now - Budva has a chance - dr. Predrag Zenović" had the support of 784 voters or 7,02 percent (two mandates), "DPS - Budva can do better - prof. dr. Nikola Milović" 2.228 voters or 19,94 percent (seven mandates), the list "URA - Dr. Dritan Abazović - Different!" it was supported by 550 voters or 4,92 percent, i.e. one mandate, which was won by the list "Cist izbor - Petar Odžić - SDP, SD, LP and Citizens". The list "Dr. Vujičić Božidar - For real changes" and the list of the Montenegrin European Party were below the census.

Although there is electoral math for the two leading lists, former political partners in the Democratic Front, Mikijelj and Jovanović to form the government, it is now practically impossible because both of them lack two councilors each to have 17 out of a total of 33 in the Budva parliament.

Jovanović sees the Democrats, SDP, URA as coalition partners, as well as the Democratic People's Party (DNP) and the Socialist People's Party (SNP), which within the coalition led by Mikijelj (NSD) each won two council mandates. Jovanović's list, which gathered "renegade" members of the New Serbian Democracy and had the informal support of the detained mayor Milo Božović, she is explicit that she will not conduct negotiations regarding the formation of the government with her party colleagues until recently, but also with the DPS.

Bearing in mind that Mikijelj's coalition claims to be unique, and that there is no question of individual parties acting independently, which was confirmed by the recent visit of the leaders of all those parties to Belgrade at the Sverspski sabor, this does not give Jovanović much of a chance to form a government, except to seek support of the Democratic Party of Socialists.

Those familiar with the political situation claim that Jovanović cannot fully count on the support of the Democrats either, bearing in mind that that party recently agreed with the New Serbian Democracy in Berane to rotate the leading position in that city, which is allegedly a political agreement that included post-election cooperation in Budva. However, a source from the top of the DCG said that he was not aware of such an agreement.

On the other hand, Mikijelj, which together with the Democrats and PES has "certainly 15 councilors", cannot count on one SDP councilor whose leader is Petar Odžić immediately announced that he would not enter into a coalition with DF, but that the door was open to Jovanović. An agreement could perhaps be reached with GP URA, but even then, MIkielj lacks one councilor for the majority in the parliament.

Unofficially, it is mentioned that Mikijelj could "look for" that one ally among the DPS councilors, some of whom are close to the future party. Duško Marković. However, DPS claims that they are unique.

Jovanović told "Vijesta" that he does not rule out new elections if he does not secure a majority, in which his list will "achieve an even better result".

"There is a clear mathematical and sustainable majority for the establishment of government in Budva, and I think that the electoral will of the citizens obliges us to do so. If this does not happen and if other political subjects do not show responsibility and readiness in this sense, then a repeat of the election is possible. In that case, I am absolutely sure that our electoral list will achieve an even more convincing result and form a government in which there will be no place for some current potential coalition partners. We believe that due to the importance of the tourist season and the stabilization of political conditions, this process should be approached responsibly, and as far as we are concerned, we are ready to form the government in the shortest possible time," he said.

That the elections in Budva are a more certain option than the formation of a "stretched" government of 17 councilors is evidenced by the fact that some parties have already started pre-election activities on the ground, in order to secure as many votes as possible in the new elections.

Rađenović: URA will form a government without right-wing forces

In all likelihood, none of the leading papers can count on the URA Civil Movement, because that party wants to start the story that they will be the ones to form the government in Budva.

"We haven't officially talked to anyone. We are ready on the basis of principle to discuss and form a responsible, civic, European and above all government that will benefit the city and its citizens. These elections have shown that the government can be formed with the parties of the center without right-wing forces, and if those entities that received the most support from the citizens of Budva do not have the coalition capacity to gather a majority, we as URA will gather citizens' lists and offer a solution for the formation of the executive power in Budva. This is different compared to the previous period, and such a government that would leave the right-wing opposition could be reflected in the capital, and then on the national level," said Blazo Radjenović, the leader of the party's list, to "Vijesta".

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