DPS leader Milo Djukanovic nominated as the party’s presidential candidate
After several months of waiting , the leadership of the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, decided that Milo Djukanovic will be its candidate in the April presidential election.
DPS seriously considered who could be its presidential candidate to respond to the new moment and the challenges that Montenegro is facing with ; Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Milutin Simovic, Zoran Pazin, Branimir Gvozdenović are considered potential candidates.
In earlier elections, the name of the candidate was known months in advance and for the first time since the party was found in 1991, the decision to support Djukanovic came just days before the final deadline to officially verify the candidacy expired.
Djukanovic served as prime minister of Montenegro from 1991 to 1998, as president of the country from 1998 to 2002, and as prime minister again from 2003 to 2006, from 2008 to 2010, and from 2012 to 2016.
He officially retired from politics after the DPS won the 2016 general elections when Dusko Markovic, the former head of Montenegro’s security agency, replaced Djukanovic as Prime Minister.
The presidential elections on April 15 will be the third such election since Montenegro regained its independence in 2006.
Mladen Bojanic, who will run as an independent candidate on April 15, with the support of almost all opposition parties in parliament will be the main rival to Djukanovic.
Bojanic will be supported by the strongest opposition alliance, the pro-Russian Democratic Front as well as the Democrats of Montenegro and the Citizen’s Movement URA.
Incumbent President Filip Vujanovic has served two consecutive five-year terms since Montenegro became an independent nation and cannot run again.