Early re­sults show Djukanovic sweep­ing Mon­tene­gro vote

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

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.

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