Montenegro. Before the April presidential election, the
opposition claimed that Filip Vujanovíc was not entitled to
stand for re-election, as a president may only sit for two
terms during the constitution.
Countryaah, Vujanović had sat for two periods but the first time he
was elected, in 2003, Montenegro was in union with Serbia
and not its own state. According to Vujanovíc and the ruling
Socialist Party, only the last term of office would thus be
counted. Vujanović won the election with just over 51% of
the vote, against close to 49% for Miodrag Lekić, who was an
independent candidate for the opposition Alliance Democratic
Front. The opposition claimed that the government engaged in
illegal voting and demonstrated in several cities with
demands for new elections. When Vujanović formally took
office in May, the ceremony was boycotted by both the
Democratic Front and by most members of a smaller party in
the government coalition.
In August, thousands of people joined a call on the
Internet demanding the arrest of Prime Minister Milo
Đukanović, "the last dictator of the Balkans". Critics
accused Đukanović of corruption and human rights violations.
Sixteen people were killed and over 30 injured when a
Romanian bus crashed into a ravine outside the capital
Podgorica in June. The narrow mountain roads in Montenegro
are very accidental.