Dritan Abazović

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May 23, 2022

Dritan Abazović (Montenegrin Cyrillic: Дритан Абазовић; Albanian: Dritan Abazi), born December 25, 1985 in Ulcinj (Montenegro, Yugoslavia), is a Montenegrin politician who has served as Prime Minister of Montenegro since April 28, 2022. A member of the Albanian minority, he leads United Reform Action and previously served as Deputy Prime Minister in the Krivokapić government from 2020 to 2022.

Childhood and education

Abazović was born on December 25, 1985 in Ulcinj, Montenegro, then in Yugoslavia. After completing his primary and secondary education in Ulcinj, he graduated from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo, becoming valedictorian and winner of the “Golden Badge” and the “Golden Charter” of the University from Sarajevo. He obtained a master's degree in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Montenegro in 2008. He completed his doctorate in 2019 at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo, after defending his doctoral thesis entitled Global Politics - Ethical Aspects of Globalization. From 2005 to 2007 he was an assistant at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo. In 2009, he completed the Peace Studies course at the University of Oslo. At the same university, he attended a professional development seminar. In 2011, he resided in the United States while attending the Department of State program in Washington. From 2010 to 2012 he was the executive director of the local broadcasting company Teuta, as well as the NGO Mogul, both based in Ulcinj.

Political career

Member of Parliament of Montenegro (2012-2020)

Abazović is one of the founders of the social-liberal Positive Montenegro political party in 2012. In the 2012 Montenegrin parliamentary elections, the party won 7 seats out of 81, making Abazović the youngest member of the newly convoked Parliament of the Montenegro. In 2014, following a split within the party, Abazović left Positive Montenegro, serving as an independent MP before joining the new United Reform Action (ARU) in 2015. In 2022, he was president of the ARU and was one of its parliamentary representatives from 2015 to 2020. In June 2020, delegates from thirty-eight European countries voted at the XXXI Congress to admit the ARU Civic Movement into the European Green Party, making the ARU Civic Movement the first opposition party in independent Montenegro to join a family of European parties.

2020 Legislative Elections

On July 11, 2020, the ARU Civic Movement decides to stand independently, presenting its centre-left electoral platform under the name En noir et blanc. The list is led by independent candidates, including journalist and activist Milka Tadić, several university professors, journalists, civil society activists and NGOs. Abazović is the ballot-bearer [What?] of the list, as head of the ARU. The ARU electoral list also included a representative of the Justice and Reconciliation Party (SPP), representing the interests of the Bosnian minority, as well as several minor local initiatives. The 2020 Montenegrin parliamentary elections result in the first democratic change of government in the country's history. Abazović's electoral list won four terms, which proved crucial in overthrowing the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), led by Milo Đukanović, after 30 years. Abazović, on behalf of the ARU, and the leaders of the lists For the future of Montenegro and Peace is our nation, Zdravko Krivokapić and Aleksa Bečić, reach an agreement during a