Milo Djukanovic wins Montenegro's presidential elections: Pollster CeMI

Montenegro elections likely to mark closer relations with both Russia and the West

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Montenegro's ruling Democratic Party of Socialists has declared party leader Milo Djukanovic the victor of the presidential election.

Djukanovic who has served as the prime minister of Montenegro for six terms, and one term as president, told a press conference Sunday night at his party headquarters that "another valuable victory was achieved for the benefit of the European future of Montenegro". He added that "this is a great victory, a historic victory".

Mr Djukanovic was prime minister during a tense October 2016 parliamentary election when authorities said they thwarted a pro-Russian coup attempt created to prevent the country from joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

When supported, the result will probably present a major boost for Djukanovic, who dared Russian Federation to take his country into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation this past calendar year.

According to Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), nearly 90.5 percent of the total votes have been counted and Djukanovic got 54.2 percent of the votes in his favor.

Bojanic, who was backed by several opposition groups, including pro-Russian ones, vowed to continue his struggle against Djukanovic, describing him as "the man holding Montenegro and its institutions hostage".




Earlier in the campaign he also accused Mr Djukanovic of being "the creator of the instability and chaos that we witness in the streets of Montenegro", referring to a rise in organised crime, including people trafficking.

Djukanovic, the country's dominant politician, and his Democratic Party of Socialists have ruled Montenegro for almost 30 years. President Filip Vujanovic is perhaps not running due to word constraints.

About 530,000 voters can choose among several candidates.

According to the preliminary results of the State Electoral Commission based on 54.8 percent of counted votes, Djukanovic won 55.57 votes at the presidential elections.

He was prime minister during a tense October 2016 parliamentary election when authorities said they thwarted a pro-Russian coup attempt created to prevent the country from joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. He hopes next to steer the country into the European Union.

"The majority in Montenegro want a free and democratic Montenegro", Bojanic said. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

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