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Montenegro: Presidential Elections Act Approved

(Feb. 2, 2008) On December 27, 2007, the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro approved a new law on presidential elections. The law provides for direct popular elections of presidents for five-year terms. The law gives the right to nominate the candidates to political parties or groups of supporters, if these groups can collect the signatures of at least 1.5 percent of all registered voters; previously the right had depended on the size of an organization's membership. The next Montenegrin presidential elections, which are scheduled for April 2008, will be conducted under the new law. The requirement of 50 percent voter turnout is now also abolished. (Montenegro Approves Presidential Elections Act, SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN TIME, Jan. 9, 2008, available at