Why didn't Montenegro immediately secede from Yugoslavia like the other Yugoslav SRs did?

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May 2014
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Why didn't Montenegro immediately secede from Yugoslavia like the other Yugoslav Socialist Republics (SRs) did? Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Macedonia all seceded in 1991-1992 but it took Montenegro an additional 15 years before it actually seceded. (Kosovo was not a Yugoslav SR but rather than autonomous region of Serbia.) What explains this discrepancy?
 
Nov 2013
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Serbia
That wasn't enough to prevent their secession in 2006, though. What changed?
Milo Djukanović gained a lot of political power during Momir Bulatović's presidency (1993-1998). Bulatović was the president, Djukanović was the prime minister, and during this period Djukanović lead a policy of supressing Serbian national and in fact all other opposition parties. Bulatović didn't oppose this which lead to him losing popularity among the public. In 1997 Djukanović de facto had all the power in their party and when Bulatović tried to regain it there was a conflict between the two because Djukanović wouldn't give up the control of the party aparatus which in turn lead to a split in the party to two factions: one of Bulatović, one of Djukanović. They both ran in the 1997 elections, Bulatović won in the first round but lost in the second. Bulatović tried to dispute the results of the elections due to many irregularities but without success.

From that point on Djukanović slowly took control over economic and political affairs in Montenegro distancing himself more and more from Belgrade which ultumately lead to Montenegrin independence in 2006.
 
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