Duško Marković

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Duško Marković
Душко Марковић
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5th Prime Minister of Montenegro
Assumed office
28 November 2016
PresidentFilip Vujanović
Milo Đukanović
Preceded byMilo Đukanović
Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro
In office
29 December 2010 – 28 November 2016
Prime MinisterIgor Lukšić
Milo Đukanović
Preceded byIgor Lukšić
Succeeded byMilutin Simović
Minister of Justice of Montenegro
In office
29 December 2010 – 12 May 2016
Prime MinisterIgor Lukšić
Milo Đukanović
Preceded byMiraš Radović
Succeeded byZoran Pažin
Head of the National Security Agency
In office
5 May 2005 – 29 December 2010
Prime MinisterMilo Đukanović
Željko Šturanović
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byVladan Joković
Personal details
Born (1959-07-06) 6 July 1959 (age 59)
Mojkovac, Yugoslavia
(now Montenegro)
Political partyDemocratic Party of Socialists
Alma materUniversity of Kragujevac

Duško Marković (Cyrillic: Душко Марковић; born 6 July 1959) is a Montenegrin politician and the current Prime Minister of Montenegro, elected on 28 November 2016.[1] He is also Deputy president of ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS).

Early and personal life[edit]

Marković was born on 6 July 1959 in Mojkovac, Yugoslavia. He finished elementary and middle school in Mojkovac, and graduated in law at the University of Kragujevac.[2] After he graduated from Kragujevac, he began working in legal consulting for the Brskovo mine in Mojkovac.[3] He is married and has three children.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1986, Marković was appointed secretary of the municipal assembly of Mojkovac, and mayor in 1989.[3] He left the post in 1991 to be appointed Secretary-General of the Montenegrin government led by Milo Đukanović within Yugoslavia. In 1997, he was elected to the Montenegrin Assembly, and the following year he became assistant Minister of the Interior, in charge of the State Security Service.[3]

During his time in the State Security Service, the editor-in-chief of daily newspaper Dan, Duško Jovanović, was killed on 27 May 2004. In 2014, Marković was sued for concealing information which may have exposed Jovanović's killers.[4]

In 2005, following the establishment of the new National Security Agency (ANB) in May that year, Marković was appointed by Parliament to head the agency, a position he held until 2010.[3] In 2010, Igor Lukšić's government appointed him first as a minister without portfolio, then as deputy prime minister and Justice Minister.[3] In March 2012, he was appointed Minister of Human and Minority Rights.[3] He left the government in 2015 and the same year the congress of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) elected him Deputy president of the party. In 2016, he was again appointed the Minister of the Justice in Provisional government.

On 25 October 2016, ten days after the parliamentary election, the DPS bureau chose Marković to replace Milo Đukanović as prime minister.[5] His nomination was condemned by the opposition, who accused Marković of involvement in corruption scandals and of omission of information in the inquiry about the murder of Duško Jovanović in 2004.[6]

Prime Minister[edit]

Prime Minister Duško Marković with US Vice President Mike Pence, Podgorica 2017.
Prime Minister Duško Marković with US Secretary Rex Tillerson, White House, 8 May 2017

On 9 November 2016, Marković was nominated as prime minister by the president of Montenegro Filip Vujanović,[7] and on 28 November he was confirmed by 41 out of 81 members of the parliament (with the opposition boycotting the assembly), with the support of the Albanian, Croat and Bosniak minority parties.[8]

On 25 May 2017, Marković made headlines around the world when the United States president Donald Trump appeared to brusquely shove him aside to get in front of him at a photo op during a NATO summit meeting, which was attended by Montenegro for the first time, days prior to its formal accession to the alliance.[9] Later, Marković responded to questions about the incident by shrugging it off.[10]

On 10 October 2018, Marković expressed his support[11] for amendments on the Law on State Symbols and Day of Statehood, which would penalize those who don't stand up for the Montenegrin national anthem by up to 2,000.[12] The amendment included tiers depending on the subject's occupation, with penalties for businessmen up to €6,000, and up to €20,000 for those working in the legal system.[12]

When a journalist asked Marković whether the amendments could be enforced, Marković suggested that it could be enforced at stadiums, saying that "everyone will be watching, every institution which bears a flag, every citizen who loves this country. And of course state agencies, inspection agencies. Whoever we recognize at the stadium who wouldn't stand, if we identify them we'll file a charge."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murić, Darvin; Gudović, Ivana (28 November 2016). "Crna Gora dobila novu Vladu". vijesti.me. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Prime Minister Duško Marković - Biography". gov.me. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Ko je Duško Marković, čovjek od povjerenja Mila Đukanovića". Dnevni avaz (in Bosnian). October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Dušica Tomović (January 29, 2014). "Montenegin Minister Sued For Concealing Murder Facts". Balkan Insight. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Ouest-France (26 October 2016). "Monténégro. Dusko Markovic va devenir Premier ministre". ouest-france.fr/ (in French). Retrieved 6 December 2016..
  6. ^ Eurasia Times (28 November 2016). "Monténégro : l'opposition ne tolère pas la candidature de Dusko Markovic". eurasiatimes.org/ (in French). Retrieved 15 December 2016..
  7. ^ Boursorama (9 November 2016). "Au Monténégro, un ex-chef de la police secrète Premier ministre". boursorama.com/ (in French). Retrieved 15 December 2016..
  8. ^ Le Courrier des Balkans (29 November 2016). "Monténégro : un nouveau gouvernement qui ne tient qu'à une voix". courrierdesbalkans.fr/ (in French). Retrieved 6 December 2016..
  9. ^ At NATO gathering, Trump brushes past Montenegro’s prime minister
  10. ^ Breaking down Trump’s ‘shove’
  11. ^ a b c "Marković: Svako ko voli ovu zemlju će pratiti ko ne ustaje na himnu". Vijesti (in Serbian). October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Za neustajanje na himnu kazna do 2.000 eura". Vijesti. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Milo Đukanović
Prime Minister of Montenegro
2016–present
Incumbent