Montenegro president refuses to dismiss top generals

NEWS 13.01.2021 20:12

Montenegro’s President Milo Djukanovic said on Wednesday that he does not agree with the dismissal of the military chief of staff Major General Dragutin Dakic.

A statement from the president’s cabinet said he would not sign the documents to dismiss Dakic and Major General Rajko Pesic. “Legal and procedural mistakes were made in the Defense Ministry initiative forcing me to take a negative stand on it,” the statement said.

The statement added that Djukanovic would call a meeting of the Defense and Security Council to decide on the initiative as te sole body that can take the decision. It added that the two proposals to dismiss the generals were sent to the President on December 29 and both signed Parliament Speaker Aleksa Becic and Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic. “I learned from the media that the proposals came with a Defense Ministry decision to retire General Dakic,” Djukanovic said in the statement.

Prime Minister Krivokapic called a meeting with Djukanovic, Deputy PM Dritan Abazovic and Becic which the press said would focus on obstructions and institutions during cohabitation and the Defense and Security Council.