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Montenegro: Parliament Votes To Dissolve Itself

Podgorica, 19 July 2002 (RFE/RL) --The parliament of Montenegro, the smaller of the two republics in the Yugoslav federation, has voted to dissolve itself, paving the way for elections in October. The move late yesterday came after Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic, whose party alliance has fallen apart, earlier this month failed to form a new government.

Vujanovic's government lost its working majority after two parties which want Montenegro to break away from Yugoslavia withdrew their support.

The parties -- the Liberal Alliance (LSCG) and the Social Democrats -- have withdrawn in protest at the adoption by the parliament of an agreement to replace the current federation by a loose union called Serbia-Montenegro.

President Milo Djukanovic is expected to set the election date for 6 October. The parliament will continue to work until the election.