Djukanovic re-elected pres­i­dent of Mon­tene­gro

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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.

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