Early results show Djukanovic sweeping Montenegro vote
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO » Montenegro’s ruling party declared leader Milo Djukanovic the winner of Sunday’s presidential election after preliminary projections showed he swept the vote and avoided a runoff.
“Milo Djukanovic is the new president of Montenegro,” said Milos Nikolic, from the Democratic Party of Socialists. “This is a great victory, a historic victory.”
The Center for Monitoring and Research said after a near-complete vote count that Djukanovic won nearly 34 percent while his main opponent, Mladen Bojanic, won 33 percent.
If confirmed in the official vote count, the result will present a major boost for Djukanovic, who defied Russia to take his country into NATO last year.
The vote, the first since Montenegro joined the Western military alliance in December, was seen as a test for Djukanovic, who favors European integration over closer ties to traditional ally Moscow.