Djukanovic sweeps Montenegro presidential vote

Charlene Craig
April 16, 2018

Montenegro's ruling party leader Milo Djukanovic swept to victory in a presidential election on Sunday, preliminary results showed, and he pledged to keep the small Balkan country firmly on a European path after it joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation previous year in defiance of Russian Federation. "This is a confirmation of Montenegro's resolve to continue down the European path, to continue down the road that will lead us to EU membership", Djukanovic said in a statement issued by the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro.

Polls opened at 7am (0500 GMT) and will close at 8pm, with first results expected shortly afterwards.

Opinion polls indicate he is such a strong favourite that he may be able to win more than half of the votes, which would rule out a run-off planned for April 29.

Founded in Montenegro are casting ballots in a presidential elections, with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic expected to win following this past year, his celebration defied Russian Federation and required the modest Balkan state into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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The issue of organised crime cast a shadow on the campaign, with some 20 people killed by assassination or auto bombs over the last two years.

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.

"I am convinced that we will not let citizens down and that in next five years we will be also able to make that step (towards full European Union membership)", Djukanovic said at the headquarters of DPS in front of several hundred supporters.

Because the military alliance was joined by Montenegro in December, the vote Sunday is your initial.

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"I agree with Djukanovic that the state is stronger than the mafia". The results showed that Djukanovic won a large enough percentage to avoid a runoff election.

In the run-up to the vote, local newspapers have alleged electoral fraud, saying many dead people figured on voters' lists.

According to preliminary data, the turnout was 58.6%.

The incumbent president of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic, was reelected in the first round of the 2013 election on 51.2% of the vote.

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