Montenegro to hold parliamentary election on Aug. 30

Montenegro’s president has set the small Balkan nation’s next parliamentary election for Aug. 30

The church claims the bill was designed to strip it of its property. Montenegrin authorities have denied that.

President Milo Djukanovic, a former prime minister, and his Democratic Party of Socialists have governed Montenegro for some 30 years.

Opposition parties have accused Djukanovic of corruption and crime. Pro-Serb parties and Serbia have complained of alleged pressure in Montenegro on the rights of ethnic Serbs and the Serbian church.

The last election in October 2016 was marked by a foiled coup attempt that Montenegrin authorities alleged included plans to assassinate Djukanovic to block Montenegro’s NATO membership.

Voters will also choose candidates to fill local government offices on Aug. 30.

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