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Montenegro Gets New Premier as Russia Opposes NATO, EU Entry

  • Markovic to be sworn in following reports of failed coup
  • NATO membership would limit Russian access to Adriatic Sea
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Montenegrin lawmakers confirmed Dusko Markovic as prime minister, ushering in a new government after his predecessor accused Serbian and pro-Russian nationalists of trying to derail the country’s efforts to join the European Union and NATO.

Markovic, a lawyer who has served as justice minister since 2012 and led foreign and internal policies as deputy premier since March 2015, will continue to push the country toward western integration after taking over from his party chief, Milo Djukanovic following Oct. 16 elections. Djukanovic’s Democratic Party of Socialists, backed by its coalition of minorities and the Liberals and Social Democrats, approved the government with 42 of parliament’s 81 seats. The opposition didn’t attend the session.