Parliamentary elections in August
President Milo Đukanović announces that parliamentary elections will be held
on August 30. The political opposition has refused to take part in preparatory
talks before the elections because it is argued that the conditions for a fair
election are very poor. The announcement of the August election comes despite
Montenegro having just been hit by a second wave of covid 19 infection, a few
weeks after the prime minister proclaimed the country as "corona free" (see
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"Corona free" Montenegro opens the borders
Prime Minister Duško Marković declares that Montenegro is "Europe's first
corona-free country" and that it is now opening its borders for the coming
tourist season. According to the country's health authorities, no new domestic
cases have been discovered since May 5 and no one is considered to be infected
anymore. To avoid setbacks, only travelers from low-infected countries will
travel to Montenegro.
Opposition activist is arrested for coronary report
An activist belonging to the opposition party Democratic Front, Radovan
Rakočević, is arrested accused of spreading fake news, after writing in
social media that President Milo Ðukanović is infected by the new corona virus.
Even before, people have been arrested for publishing data related to the
pandemic. A man was detained for a month in mid-March, after he alleged that the
state was blacking out the true number of coronary cases in the country. So far,
more than 250 cases of infection have been reported in Montenegro and two people
have died in covid-19.
The last country in Europe with corona fall
The first two cases of the new coronavirus sars-cov-2 are reported. In both
cases, women have traveled to the country, from the United States and Spain
respectively. Montenegro is the last country in Europe to detect the infection.
Thousands in protest against church law
Several thousand people take part in the biggest protest so far in Podgorica
against the church law adopted in December 2019. The Serbian Orthodox Church
continues to claim that the law aims to humiliate the church and that the state
wants to seize its churches, monasteries and land. The Serbian Orthodox Church
has led regular protests in several cities since the turn of the year.