Projections show Djukanovic sweeping the vote

Clay Curtis
April 18, 2018

"Victory for the European future of Montenegro", said the pro-Western economist who led Montenegro to independence from Serbia in 2016 and into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation previous year.

During the campaign, opposition leaders accused Djukanovic and the DPS of fostering corruption, nepotism, cronyism and ties with organised crime, accusations they denied.

The most risky for him is a 56-year-old businessman, Mladen Bojanic.

Bojanic conceded defeat but said Djukanovic's victory was the result of "blackmail and pressure". After treatment 70% of the ballots, he scored more than 54% of the vote and there is no reason that the data changed.

"The opposition proposes to be a Russian province" and defends "a retrograde policy on the multi-ethnic lifestyle in Montenegro", however accused Milo Djukanovic, who can count on the massive support of Croatian, Albanian and Bosnian minorities who weigh for 15% of the electorate.

Bojanic says his opponent "is the man holding Montenegro and its institutions hostage", and he says he'll "continue to fight to free Montenegro of Djukanovic and his dictatorship".

Djukanovic, a candidate running for the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) was the favourite to win Sunday's elections. "I also want to congratulate the victory to the newly elected president, Milo Djukanovic", Haradinaj wrote. He added that "this is a great victory, a historic victory".

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Djukanovic won a large enough percentage to avoid a runoff. Djukanovic oversaw Montenegro's application and invitation to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 2016, to which pro-Russian Montenegrins reacted with a coup attempt before the legislative elections that year.

When supported, the outcome will present a big raise for Djukanovic, that defied this past year, Russian Federation to carry his own country.

Djukanovic, an ally of the West, has been six times prime minister and once president (1998-2003).

Former Montenegrin Prime Minister and head of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists Milo Djukanovic leads in the country's presidential election with more than half of the vote, an exit poll revealed on Sunday.

Mr Djukanovic has dominated Montenegrin politics for almost 30 years, serving both as president and prime minister in several governments. Current President Filip Vujanovic did not run due to term limits.

The other four candidates garnered less votes.

The fractured opposition parties supporting Bojanic include the pro-Russian Democratic Front, whose two main leaders are on trial for taking part in the alleged 2016 coup attempt.

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