“Montenegro’s parliament passed a 2018 budget late on Tuesday, setting the deficit at 2.6 percent of national output, down by a half from a year before.

Forty-one deputies in the 81-seat parliament of the European Union candidate country voted for the budget. The opposition boycotted the vote.

Opposition lawmakers have been largely boycotting parliament in protest over the 2016 election day arrest of a group accused of having planned to kill Montenegro’s ruling party leader Milo Djukanovic.

The new budget assumes 3 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) next year, down from 4.2 percent in 2017.” (Reuters)