Two Montenegrin opposition alliances rejected on Tuesday the result of parliamentary elections held on Sunday, which resulted in the victory of the Democratic Party of Socialists (PDS), Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, and accused the government of intimidation of voters, according to Reuters.
PDS won 36 parliamentary seats, five less than required to have a majority in the legislature with 81 seats in Podgorica, but the voting was marred by irregularities.
On Sunday morning, while attempting to enter Montenegro, the prosecutor announced that the group planned to arm themselves and commit ‘attacks’ on election night, to isolate the Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and proclaim the victory of the opposition parties.
The suspects were videotaped by the media when they were taken to interrogation, but no gun has yet been shown by the authorities. After questioning the twenty suspects, the prosecutor said in a statement that it decided ‘to remain in detention for 72 hours, 14 of them, while six were released’. The authorities also tried to ‘identify’ others ‘who belong to this group ” in order to proceed to their arrest.
The democratic Forum leader Nebojsa Medojevic said the arrests indicate an attempted coup orchestrated by the government. The opposition unanimously decided not to recognize the election result as a result of an attempted coup and improper use of state institutions and creating an atmosphere of fear that has directly influenced the outcome of elections, said Medojevic.
An election observation mission sent by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) concluded that the vote reflected the will of the people, even if the press did not show editorial independence in the coverage of a campaign marked by personal attacks.