Liberal Party of Montenegro

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Liberal Party of Montenegro
Либерална Партија Црне Горе
Liberalna Partija Crne Gore
President Andrija Popović
Founded 2004
Headquarters Podgorica
Ideology Liberalism,
Social liberalism,
National liberalism
Political position Center left
International affiliation Liberal South East European Network
Colours Blue and white (Montenegrin colors)
Parliament
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Website
http://www.lpcg.me
Politics of Montenegro
Political parties
Elections

The Liberal Party of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Либерална Партија Црне Горе, Liberalna Partija Crne Gore, LPCG) is a centre-left liberal political party in Montenegro. The party advocated liberalism and the bringing down of Milo Đukanović's rule, seeing it as authoritarian and undemocratic. It had continued the fight against what it saw as the Democratic Party of Socialists' authoritarianism that the Liberal Alliance in Montenegro pursued for the past 17 years.[when?] Recently,[when?] however, they have been approaching the ruling DPS, considering that they had formed a local coalition which comprises the ruling majority in Kotor municipality.

It is anti-war and committed to the creation and expression of political will, as well as supporting the political activity of citizens who desire to constitute and develop the Republic of Montenegro as a democratic and independent state. The aims of LPM are the fulfillment of ideals of free individuals; free people; liberal democracy, private property; free market and social justice, through action based on the principles and traditions of European liberal democracy.

At the legislative elections in Montenegro, in March 2009, the Liberal Party was a part of a coalition with Democratic Centre, but they failed to gain parliamentary status.

History[edit]

The Liberal Party of Montenegro was founded on 28 October 2004 in Podgorica. It emerged from a faction of Liberal Alliance of Montenegro (LSCG), after a split between LSCG's leaders Miodrag Živković and Slavko Perović. On 24 March 2005 the Liberal Alliance of Montenegro decided to freeze its political activities, leaving LP as de facto only liberal party in Montenegro.

In 2006 Montenegrin independence referendum, the LPM aligned itself with pro-independence movement, consisting of Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro, Social Democratic Party of Montenegro and parties representing ethnic minorities, in spite of the LPM's previous harsh criticism of the ruling DPS. It contributed to renewal of Montenegro's statehood, which was one of party's main goals. Liberal Party of Montenegro is one of two Montenegrin parties who has sympathy for the organization Montenegrin Orthodox Church , and until recently the only opposition party with such convictions.

Current position[edit]

On last Parliamentary elections at 2012 LP participated in coalition “European Montenegro”, which won elections, but because of discrepancies in the conduct of policy and disregard of the coalition agreement by major partners, Liberal Party freeze its status and temporarily left coalition. During the pre-election program, Liberal Party advocated for legal decriminalization of marijuana, legalize prostitution and for LGBT Human Rights , which was the first initiation of this controversial themes in Montenegrin politics and society. Liberal party is strongly advocated for NATO and EU integration and reform in Montenegro.

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