Dritan Abazovic

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May 21, 2022

Dritan Abazoviq (Albanian: Dritan Abazoviq; Ulcinj, 25 December 1985) is a Montenegrin Albanian politician. Since 2022, he has been the Prime Minister of Montenegro, and previously, from 2020 to 2022, he served as Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro. He is the president of the Civic Movement URA (United Reform Action) and has been performing that function since April 2017.

Biography

Beginnings

He finished elementary school and high school in Ulcinj. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, gaining the title of graduate political scientist. He was a student of the generation and the winner of the "Golden Badge" and the "Golden Charter" of the University of Sarajevo. He received his master's degree in 2008 from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro, majoring in International Relations. He received his doctorate in 2019 at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. He has been a long-term associate of non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights, Euro-Atlanticism and civic activism. He was engaged in projects related to the promotion of multiculturalism in the post-conflict zones of the former Yugoslavia. He is a participant in international programs, conferences and seminars. He specializes in several study programs. He studied at the University of Oslo, where he completed the "Peace Studies", and was a participant in professional programs in the United States, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia. As a lecturer, he was engaged, among other things, at the Institute of Technology MSU, Iligan (Philippines) on "Eastern Europe", as well as at Bilga University in Istanbul on "A New Concept of Human Security in the Political Sector". He worked as a demonstrator at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo on the subjects of Prof. Dr. Esad Zgodić, then as the executive director of Teuta Television and the executive director of the NGO Mogul in Ulcinj. He also gained work experience as a professor at the high school "Drita" in Ulcinj, where he taught Sociology of Culture, Communication and History of Religion. He published his first book "Cosmopolitan Culture and Global Justice" in 2010. So far, he has published a dozen scientific papers in domestic and international journals, mostly in the field of political philosophy and international relations. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Parliament of Montenegro. He speaks English and Albanian.

Opposition

Abazovic was one of the founders of the Positive Montenegro political party in 2012. In the 2012 elections for the Parliament of Montenegro, this party won 7 seats, making Abazović the youngest member of that convocation of the Parliament of Montenegro. After the division in the party, in 2014, Abazović left Positive Montenegro, and functioned as an independent MP until 2015, when he joined the newly established United Reform Action (URA) in 2015. He is currently the President of the URA and is its member of the Parliament of Montenegro. In the elections for the people's deputies of Montenegro in 2020, Abazović's coalition "Black on White" won 5.53 percent of the votes, ie 22,649 people voted for them. With this result, they won four mandates, which proved to be crucial because it took so much for the opposition coalitions ("For the Future of Montenegro" / 27 mandates / and the civil "Peace is our nation" / 10 /) to have a ruling majority - 41 mandates - after 30 years in power of Milo Đukanović and DPS. After the election, Abazovic said: Montenegro, may you have happy freedom. We have been waiting for thirty years for the government to change. Many did not believe. But these people are. Good luck to everyone. We said we were going to write history and we wrote it. Good luck to the people who voted for the DPS. They are not the enemies of Montenegro. The Mafia will no longer rule. Everyone is welcome on the right side of history, both on justice and on the Constitution. We got the mafia, no money, only heart and only knowledge. Drink something, celebrate, light the torch of freedom!

Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro

On December 4, 2020, she was elected