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Early results show Djukanovic sweeping Montenegro vote

16 April 2018, 05:12 | Opal Carroll

Djukanovic declares victory in Montenegro presidential elections

Anti-Russian Milo Djukanovic favourite to win Montenegro election

The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the ruling party of Montenegro, declared victory of their leader Milo Djukanovic in the presidential elections on Sunday, who promised to continue to pursue country's future membership in the European Union (EU).

With 80 per cent of ballots counted, the Center for Monitoring and Research said on Sunday that Djukanovic had won about 53 per cent of the vote, ahead of his main opponent Mladen Bojanic with 34 per cent.

According to head of the Center for Democratic Transition Milica Kovacevic, Djukanovic has garnered 54.2% of the vote, while Mladen Bojanic is second with 33.3%, the only female candidate Draginja Vuksanovic is third (8.1%) and leader of the Real Montenegro party Marko Milacic is fourth (2.7%). His party officials announced late on Sunday that Djukanovic, who has dominated politics in Montenegro for almost 25 years, had secured victory. President Filip Vujanovic of that party was not running due to term limits.

Mr Djukanovic has dominated politics in the former Yugoslav republic for nearly 25 years and stepped down as prime minister in 2016.

"I will win today", Djukanovic had said after voting.

Sunday's vote passed off peacefully amid fears of disorder after 20 people were arrested and accused of trying to stage a coup during legislative elections in 2016.

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The opposition accuses Djukanovic of being linked to the mafia, which he denies.

The country has also been marred by organized crime, with about 20 people killed by assassinations or vehicle bombs over the last two years.

Earlier in the campaign he accused Djukanovic of being "the creator of the instability and chaos that we witness in the streets of Montenegro". "I see this result as a proof of Montenegro's determination to move forward along the European path". The results showed that Djukanovic won a large enough percentage to avoid a runoff election.

Djukanovic has pared back his anti-Russian rhetoric saying he wanted "normal relations with Russia if it is prepared to do the same", but he has also said he wants the country to "remain on its road of development", which would be better achieved through ties with Brussels. The average salary in Montenegro sits at around €500 ($615) and unemployment is more than 20 percent.

The state election commission said turnout at 7.30 p.m (1730 GMT), half an hour before polling closed, was 61.6 percent.

His presidential candidacy is supported by the ruling coalition partner Social Democrats, as well as Bosniak, Croat and Albanian minorities.



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