Djukanovic re-elected president of Montenegro
Montenegro’s pro-Western ruling party leader Milo Djukanovic has won an outright victory in the country’s presidential vote, avoiding a runoff, according to official results released yesterday.
A near-complete vote count showed that Djukanovic won 54.0 per cent of the ballots while his main opponent, Mladen Bojanic, had 33.3 per cent, Montenegro’s state election authorities said.
Lawmaker Draginja Vuksanovic, the first-ever female presidential candidate in the staunchly conservative, male-dominated Balkan nation on the Adriatic Sea, came in third with 8.2 per cent.
Test of EU ties
Sunday’s vote, the first since Montenegro joined the Nato Western military alliance in December, was seen as a test for Djukanovic, who favours European integration over closer ties to traditional ally Moscow.
Djukanovic led Montenegro to independence from much-larger Serbia in 2006 and was behind last year’s accession into Nato, which Russia strongly opposed.
He said Sunday that his victory means Montenegro will stick to its plan to join the European Union next.