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Montenegrin Lawmakers Confirm New Prime Minister

Igor Luksic, Montenegro's new prime minister, speaks in parliament on December 28.
Montenegro's parliament has approved Igor Luksic as the new prime minister, replacing Milo Djukanovic.

Luksic, who previously served as the finance minister, said that meeting conditions for the start of membership talks with the European Union by the end of 2011 was his top priority.

The EU has promoted Montenegro to the status of a membership candidate, but said it must carry out more reforms to win a date for the start of the talks.

Luksic is a close ally of Djukanovic, who resigned last week after leading the Balkan republic for 20 years.

compiled from agency reports