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Protesters Clash With Police In Podgorica After Adoption Of Law On Presidency


Protesters Clash With Police In Podgorica After Adoption Of Law On Presidency
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Clashes broke out between protesters and police in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, on December 12 following the adoption of an amended law giving the parliament's pro-Serbian, pro-Russian majority the ability to take over some powers of the presidency. The move stripped the country's pro-Western president of a decisive role in appointing the prime minister. It followed President Milo Djukanovic's rejection of the nominee for prime minister from the country's pro-Serb coalition. He called the new law a "constitutional coup." Despite a call by organizers to disperse, a group of demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at police, who responded with tear gas and pepper spray.

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