Djukanovic sweeps Montenegro presidential vote

Montenegro to elect new president on Sunday

Montenegro to elect new president on Sunday

Kosovo Prime Minister before the election has called on Albanians living in Montenegro to vote Djukanovic.

The results were a major boost for Djukanovic, who defied Russian Federation to take his country into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation previous year.

The Center for Monitoring and exploration claimed following counting over 60 percent of the volatility though his opponent Mladen Bojanic won 34 percent which Djukanovic won approximately 5-3 percent.

The Balkan nation's ruling social democrat party declared its head Milo Djukanovic the victor after 90% of the votes were counted, winning 53% of the ballots.

The veteran leader Milo Djukanovic has declared victory in the Montenegrin presidential polls amid reports of voting irregularities.

Djukanovic is set to replace incumbent President Filip Vujanovic, whose mandate expires in May.

Having dominated politics in the former Yugoslav republic for almost 25 years, Djukanovic stepped down as prime minister in October 2016.

Mr Bojanic said Mr Djukanovic "cannot be the solution because he is the creator of the instability and chaos that we witness in the streets of Montenegro".

Approximately 530,000 voters can choose among candidates.

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

The issue of organised crime has cast a shadow on the campaign, with some 20 people killed by assassination or auto bombs over the last two years. Djukanovic challenger will be Mladen Bojanic, backed by resistance groups, for example types that are pro-Russian.

"We have accomplished an important victory for (Montenegro's) European future", Djukanovic told cheering supporters, adding he saw the triumph "as the confirmation of Montenegro's strong determination to continue on the European road".

Surveys indicate Djukanovic can win over 1 / 2 of those votes and also prevent a runoff.

But he has toned down the anti-Russian rhetoric, saying he wanted "normal relations with Russia if it is prepared to do the same".

Low salaries and unemployment at above 20% means the debate over the West versus Russian Federation is not the main concern of many Montenegrins. "This is a victory for the Montenegro but also for the entire region that aspires North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union integration".

The last turnout figures, one hour before the closing of the polls, was 58.5 percent, down from the 2016 elections.

Montenegro's State Election Commission is expected to announce the final results of the presidential election within the next few days.

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