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.
According to 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.