Montenegro government passed important electoral law

Montenegrin politicians have passed a law reforming the country’s outdated electoral system and helping Montenegro on its journey towards EU accession.

The law, which was passed late last night, had been a precondition for the country to be granted EU membership status. It had been debated for four years and until this week the impasse between government and opposition appeared unbreakable.

At the heart of the matter was the sensitive subject of language used in Montenegro’s education system. Montenegro has a multi-ethnic population and opposition parties conditioned their support of election law reform to the granting of Serbian as an official language in the country’s education system.

After months of stalemate, Prime Minister Igor Luksic and opposition leaders yesterday agreed on a compromise, calling the academic subject taught to schoolchildren “Montenegrin-Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian language and literature”.

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