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Montenegro's long-ruling prime minister Milo Djukanovic to step down

Published 26/10/2016

Milo Djukanovic, front, speaks at his headquarters in Podgorica as Dusko Markovic looks on (AP)
Milo Djukanovic, front, speaks at his headquarters in Podgorica as Dusko Markovic looks on (AP)

Montenegro's prime minister Milo Djukanovic is to step down after ruling unchallenged for more than 25 years.

The Democratic Party of Socialists has named his deputy Dusko Markovic as a possible replacement.

Mr Djukanovic, who led the tiny Adriatic nation to independence from Serbia in 2006, has resigned twice in the past, but returned as either prime minister or president.

He was 29 when he became the youngest prime minister in Europe in 1991. He was elected president in 1998, before again assuming the premier's job in 2002, and is the longest serving Balkan leader.

The DPS won most seats in October 16 parliamentary elections, but will need to seek a coalition to remain in power.

The ruling party did not give a reason for him stepping down.

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