Montenegro PM to resign on Tuesday: agency

Djukanovic, who has dominated the country's politics for two decades, will step down on Tuesday to pursue a business career, the national news agency said.

Montenegro PM to resign on Tuesday: agency

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who has dominated the country's politics for two decades, will step down on Tuesday to pursue a business career, the national news agency said on Monday.

Quoting sources in his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Mina agency said Djukanovic, 48, would announce his resignation at a news conference at 2 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Tuesday.

Local media, which have raised the prospect of his resignation in recent weeks, say Finance Minister Igor Luksic, one of his closest associates, will be his hand-picked successor.

Opposition politicians say Djukanovic will probably remain leader of the ruling party and will retain his influence through Luksic and the party infrastructure.

His coalition has 47 seats in the 81-member parliament and the next national election is due in 2013.

Djukanovic, who became a senior Communist Party official at the age of 27, was first elected prime minister in 1991, as communist-ruled Yugoslavia disintegrated, and briefly retired from politics in 2006.

However, he soon returned to power after Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic resigned because of illness. In recent months he has said he is tired of high-level politics and wants to try his hand at business.


Reuters

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