Montenegro PM Djukanovic resigns

Montenegro PM Milo DjukanovicMr Djukanovic has been ruling Montenegro for the past 20 years

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, the longest-serving leader in the Balkans, has resigned.

“The conditions have been created for me to step down,” he said, adding that he would stay “at the helm of the Democratic Party of Socialists”.

This month Montenegro achieved candidate status in its bid to join the EU – a key step towards accession.

Mr Djukanovic, 48, spearheaded Montenegro’s successful campaign for independence from Serbia in 2006.

He has proposed Finance Minister Igor Luksic as his successor, Reuters news agency reports.

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