The part of the opposition in the coastal republic of Montenegro told the European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn they would not take part in reforms and elections unless a technical government weren’t formed, the Beta news agency reported.
They told Hahn that the protests were the central democratic institution in Montenegro.
The leaders of several opposition parties made clear they would not take part in any process before the technical government was created and called on the whole opposition to put the differences aside and resort to protests in defence of the European values like fair elections.
Citizens in Serbia have been protesting since early December 2018 with the demands that corresponded with what Montenegro's opposition requested regarding a fair election.
In Montenegro’s capital Podgorica, several thousand people protested on two occasions in February demanding the resignation of top leaders after the “Envelope” (Koverat) affair about allegedly suspicious donations to the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) broke out.
Hahn called on politicians in Montenegro to debate in the Parliament, and the authorities to show more visible results in fighting the organised crime.
At a news conference following the meeting with Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, Hahn said any political dialogue should be held in the Parliament because that is “the European way” of solving problems.
“Of course it can be done in the street, but parliament is the most important place for a dialogue,” Hahn said, adding the EU had been carefully monitoring the situation which led to “peaceful mobilisation” of the protesting citizens.