Montenegro flag Montenegro: Economic and Political Overview

The political framework of Montenegro

Political Outline

Current Political Leaders
President: Milo DJUKANOVIC (since May 2018)
Prime Minister: Dravko KRIVOKAPIC (since 4 December 2020)
Next Election Dates
Presidential: 2023
Legislatives: 2024
Main Political Parties
The DPS party has been in power since 1991. The main political forces represented in the Parliament include:

- Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS): centre-left, led by Milo Djukanovic, pro-Serbia
- Democratic Front (DF): right-wing, populist. It is the main social conservative opposition political alliance; part of the For the Future of Montenegro coalition
- New Serb Democracy (NSD): right wing, conservative
- Movement for Changes (PzP): centre-right, populist
- Democratic People's Party (DNP): populism, Serbian–Montenegrin unionism
- Socialist People's Party (SNP): conservative
- United Reform Action (URA): social-liberalism, pro-European
- Democratic Montenegro (DCG): big tent, pro-European
- Social Democratic Party (SDP): centre-left
- Social Democrats of Montenegro (SD CG): social-liberism, pro-European
- Bosniak Party (BS): centre-right; supports the Bosnian community's interests
- New Democratic Force (FORCA): conservatism; Albanian minority interests
- Croatian Civic Initiative (HGI): centre-right; supports the Croatian community's interests
- Liberal Party (LP): centre, liberal
- Demos: centre-right
- United Reform Action (URA): centre/centre-left; social liberism, environmentalism

Executive Power
The President of the Republic of Montenegro is the Chief of State and is elected for a five-year term by direct universal suffrage (renewable once). He appoints the Prime Minister and two judges of the Constitutional Court. He can dissolve Parliament. The executive power is exercised by the government, which is headed by the Prime Minister.
Legislative Power
Legislative power is shared between the government and parliament. The parliament is unicameral: the Assembly (or Skupstina) has 81 members elected by proportional representation vote for a four-year term. The multiparty system encourages alliances and coalitions and does not allow one sole party to win the elections.
 

Indicator of Freedom of the Press

Definition:

The world rankings, published annually, measures violations of press freedom worldwide. It reflects the degree of freedom enjoyed by journalists, the media and digital citizens of each country and the means used by states to respect and uphold this freedom. Finally, a note and a position are assigned to each country. To compile this index, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) prepared a questionnaire incorporating the main criteria (44 in total) to assess the situation of press freedom in a given country. This questionnaire was sent to partner organisations,150 RWB correspondents, journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists. It includes every kind of direct attacks against journalists and digital citizens (murders, imprisonment, assault, threats, etc.) or against the media (censorship, confiscation, searches and harassment etc.).

World Rank:
104/180

Source: World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders

 

Indicator of Political Freedom

Definition:

The Indicator of Political Freedom provides an annual evaluation of the state of freedom in a country as experienced by individuals. The survey measures freedom according to two broad categories: political rights and civil liberties. The ratings process is based on a checklist of 10 political rights questions (on Electoral Process, Political Pluralism and Participation, Functioning of Government) and 15 civil liberties questions (on Freedom of Expression, Belief, Associational and Organizational Rights, Rule of Law, Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights). Scores are awarded to each of these questions on a scale of 0 to 4, where a score of 0 represents the smallest degree and 4 the greatest degree of rights or liberties present. The total score awarded to the political rights and civil liberties checklist determines the political rights and civil liberties rating. Each rating of 1 through 7, with 1 representing the highest and 7 the lowest level of freedom, corresponds to a range of total scores.

Ranking:
Partly Free
Political Freedom:
3/7

Political freedom in the world (interactive map)
Source: Freedom in the World Report, Freedom House

 

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