A week after fateful ballot in Montenegro. It would seem that it’s time to discuss the results and predict next steps, but no. Neither official recognized results, nor the clear position of the international community, nor the sense of tranquility and completeness are present in this small Balkan republic.
It is important to note that even if the participants of the campaign trail preferred to leave aside issues on EU and NATO accession – the inevitability of the historical choice of the new government has prevailed over the entire electoral process. It was clear: the fate of only one mandate is able to decide the fate of the country for generations to come.
Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic announced his victory immediately after the elections, and instantly promised his compatriots to continue pro-Western path. At that time, according to the two main monitoring centers, his Democratic Party of Socialists and the united forces of the opposition had been struggling for a mandate. Such situation ratehr speaks of the deepest split in the society, about the irreconcilable contradictions among the people, and whether it is appropriate to power, which has brought such a situation into the country, to talk about “victory”? The most important decision to be taken in an explosive atmosphere for the entire Balkan region – and this is the tragedy of the Montenegrin elections, which, by the way, still can not be considered as valid.
The opposition en bloc (the Democratic Front, the grand coalition “Key”, the Democrats, the Social Democratic Party) unanimously refused to recognize the election results. Even the results of re-vote, which was held on Sunday at four ballot stations, they deliberately refused to recognize.
Along with the opposition not a single European state hadn’t greet Milo Djukanovic with a “victory”. NATO had just confined with a short statement that welcomed the democratic elections in Montenegro. And based on words of the member of the Council of the Balkans in Europe (BiEPAG), political scientist Florian Bieber, Montenegrin elections were “far from democracy” and it’s quite understandable to “anyone who slightly observing the Montenegrin leadership and politics”. The professor said that the problem is “not only in the process of governing the state, but also in the electoral process”.
It turns out, that even the leaders of the European Union, where most countries are also NATO member-states, did not want to soil their hands and openly support the faithful and obedient to them Montenegrin leader? Why?
“There’s not so much sympathy for Djukanovic in Europe. Not coincidentally, Mrs. Merkel has never met him. And you know how important Germany is in Europe. The same situation is in France and Italy as well. If Djukanovic will lose – the EU would be satisfied. Only the US would be soured”, the Italian journalist, former MEP Giulietto Chiesa said before the ballot.
Milo Djukanovic’s blunt engagement with the mafia, drug trafficking and arms trafficking through the Balkans to the Middle East are well-known in Europe; criminal proceedings against him are initiated in Italy. Drawing of Montenegrin authorities into the criminality was needed in further blackmail and saving of control over them. But it’s too dirty and undemocratic to express outspoken support to the monster created be the West itself.
The atmosphere in which the elections took place, was no less oppressive than the Montenegrin big politics in general. Observers reports on such violations as an argument in commissions, not enough broad premisies just simply drowned in a much more terrible details: real videos, confirming the fact of the organized arrival of foreigners to vote for the DPS on fake documents, the situations on the edge of comedy, when the voters demanded money for thier votes directly on the spot. Pressure on the opposition in the form of numerous arrests, requests for summons, falsified transcripts of negotiations, discharges in the media and other attributes of dirty eternity-length elections continue today. The situation is more like a panic mode, desperately clinging to the elusive power than the democratic course of events.
In this sour from the beginning to the end symphony, the arrest of 20 Serbian citizens, headed by the former commander of the gendarmerie Bratislav Dikic, became the loud chord. They were charged with terrorism and attempted coup, even the assassination on Djukanovic. Not satisfied with the arrest and notorious imputation, the authorities in Podgorica rushed into the fight and immediately accused the state of Serbia of terrorism, which, according to experts, had signed their own death warrant.
“If Djukanovic will stay in power, I can not imagine how Montenegro and Serbia will cooperate after that, if now we are accused of terrorism”, Serbian analyst Miroslav Parovic, who was present at the ballot in Montenegro, commented on the accident in the evening after elections in an interview with News Front. He recalled that the detainee Bratislav Dikic is retired military officer who has no relation to the state of Serbia, and now is “engaged in some kind of politics” and can be seen in the public events.
Wasn’t it known in Podgorica? It was. Nonetheless, directly on the voting day the “picture” of threat to the legal authorities and necessity to support it had been shown to voters. One can say, this is a questionable on the effectiveness stroke of policy, however it had nicely fitted into a series of arrests, intimidation of families of opposition activists, media manipulations during the campaign, and the manipulations on votes-buying and foreigners performed by the Montenegrin regime.
In addition to purely electoral effect in Dikic’s detention along with other Serbs was one more issue – political or even ideological. It is no coincidence that the detainees were citizens of neighboring Serbia – the nearest, “affined” for Montenegrins country in the Balkans.
Djukanovic’s anti-Serb step is his foundation for the future political orientation of the country, a clear sign to Serbia, Russia, the West, the whole international community that Montenegro renounced its historic ties and principles, cultural code and kinship, and is ready for any unfriendly steps against blood brothers and neighbors for the sake of joining the new adoptive “European family”.
That is one of the mosaics of the multi-faceted anti-Serb campaign within the state (which is historically Serbian) along with the recognition of “Kosovo” independence, aggressive campaign against the Serbian Orthodox Church (which had been called a threat to Montenegro but Djukanovic), the introduction of “Montenegrin language” (in fact, just a Serbian dialect) and many others.
Serbs make up at least a third of the Montenegring population, with the proviso that the difference between the Serbs and Montenegrins lies only in the self-definition of the respondent.
Now on the natural right of citizens on the indigenous people of the state, they became bearers and protectors of historical-cultural paradigm – an anti-Western, and due to the Djukanovic’s course, automatically had to become an opposition. Herein lies the reason why, in spite of the open passivity of official Belgrade, the Montenegrin authorities are trying to make an enemy of Serbia and Serbs.
And as a conclusion, they only exacerbate the social division, bringing the situation to a boil.