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Montenegro: OSCE Criticizes New Election, Media Laws

Belgrade, 11 August 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has criticized Montenegro for adopting what it sees as a series of flawed laws about the media and legislators' rights. An OSCE statement says the amendments adopted "do not address the most important shortcomings identified" by missions of the OSCE and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

It said the amendments had mostly been rushed through the parliament without broad consultation with political parties, resulting in what it called a "muddled environment."

The changes were formally pushed through on 30 July, some 10 days after President Milo Djukanovic scheduled the elections for 6 October.

The OSCE said it has passed its analysis to the chairwoman of parliament, Vesna Perovic, an official of the ruling Liberal Alliance party, which toppled Djukanovic's coalition.