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Montenegro: Liberal Alliance To Support Minority Government

Podgorica, 28 May 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A pro-independence Montenegrin political party signed a pledge today to support the future minority government. Miodrag Zivkovic, leader of the Liberal Alliance party, formally promised to support the coalition government led by President Milo Djukanovic, while keeping his party out of the cabinet.

The move enables Djukanovic to form a minority government. The Liberals were promised in exchange to get the seat of Montenegrin parliament speaker and to be consulted on any new legislation ahead of the official debate in parliament.

Djukanovic's group also agreed to schedule a referendum on Montenegro's independence from Yugoslavia within the next six months.

Djukanovic's coalition won 36 out of 77 parliamentary seats in an election last month, with 33 seats going to its main pro-Yugoslav opponents and 6 to the Liberal Alliance party. The remaining two seats went to ethnic Albanian parties.