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Montenegro: Djukanovic Appointed Prime Minister-Designate

Podgorica, 26 November 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Montenegro's pro-independence leader Milo Djukanovic was appointed prime minister today, one day after he resigned as president. In a reshuffle of top-level posts, Djukanovic was appointed to the position by his ally Filip Vujanovic, who was recently appointed parliamentary speaker, and who has also assumed the position of caretaker president until presidential elections on 22 December.

Most parties have not yet nominated candidates for the presidential race.

Vujanovic credits Djukanovic with displaying moderation and patience, which he describes as as the necessary conditions to regain Montenegro's lost statehood.

Montenegro and Serbia are negotiating a Constitutional Charter for a new, looser common state. But Djukanovic remains committed to eventual independence for Montenegro.