Montenegro presidential poll tests backing for European Union membership

Share
Montenegro presidential poll tests backing for European Union membership

Preliminary results indicate former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has won more than 50 per cent of the vote, thus avoiding a run-off.

Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) declared him the victor on the evening of April 15. "This is a great victory, a historic victory". 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. Analysts say Djukanovic seeks a first-round triumph to cement his leadership.

Mladen Bojanic was Djukanovic's main rival, having been put forward by the leading opposition party, the Democratic Front, which prefers closer ties to Russian Federation and accuses Djukanovic of both nepotism and corruption.

Bojanic, the second ranked candidate asked his voters not to understand the result as a defeat, but as a basis for future struggle against the ruling party and refused to congratulate Djukanovic on the victory. President Filip Vujanovic of that party is not running due to term limits.

About 530,000 voters were choosing among several candidates in the Adriatic Sea nation that used to be part of Yugoslavia.

"For so many years we are awaiting changes in Montenegro and I am assuming that will happen today in a democratic way that Montenegro deserves", Radmila Cagorovic, 66, a retired schoolteacher said after casting her ballot in Podgorica.

Djukanovic has served both as prime minister and president in several mandates since becoming the youngest head of government in Europe at the age of 29 in 1991. Additionally, sceptics of Djukanovic resent him for prioritising pro-Western strategies, such as setting sights on joining the European Union, over social programme development that has left the country with a 20% unemployment rate and rising rates of organised crime.

Although Bojanic — who is predicted to garner some 35 percent of the votes — has promised to honor Montenegro's worldwide position, his victory could trigger political uncertainty.

Bojanic, an economic expert and former lawmaker, has accused the ruling party of corruption and links to organized crime following a spike in crime-related violence.

Two Russian military intelligence officers also have been tried in absentia for the failed plot that prosecutors said included plans to assassinate Djukanovic and take over power.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Comey vs. Trump: Ultimate political smackdown has begun!
Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's email practices. The renewed attacks by Trump came as ABC News was set to air an interview with Comey at 10 p.m.

Firefighters battling brush fire in Carter County
James Heaton with the Tennessee Division of Forestry spoke to us over the phone as he was on his way to the fire just before 4p.m. On April 12 at approximately 1:10 p.m., firefighters responded to Woodville Road in Brandywine for the report of brush fire.

Manchester United fans rage with club Twitter account for congratulating Manchester City
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with Raheem Sterling's goalscoring performance for victory at Tottenham . The Belgian leads the league in assists but he offers far more than raw numbers.

Let public vote on final Brexit deal, says new United Kingdom campaign
The bloc has previously stated the United Kingdom can not stay in the Single Market after Brexit and end open borders, and Mr. However, foreign secretary Boris Johnson shrugged off the campaign, insisting that the people have already spoken on Brexit.

Man City win Premier League as Man Utd lose to West Brom
He also conceded it was sweet to triumph in a country where some critics claimed his purist principles couldn't flourish. It was always a matter of when rather than if City would be champions after they led the way for most of the season.

Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow
Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible". Earlier in the day, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col.

Sydney bushfire: State of emergency declared
NSW Police have declared the area a crime scene but the RFS says it's too early to declare if the blaze was deliberately lit. The fire continues to burn in an easterly direction towards Barden Ridge, but the threat has been reduced.

Nationwide protests demand justice for Kathua, Unnao rape victims
It is shameful that someone says an old man called his young son from his college in UP to rape a little girl", she said. Basotra said they were concerned over the security threat posed by Rohingya as they had got Aadhaar cards.

Sirius XM (SIRI) Cut to "Neutral" at Citigroup
Frontier Wealth Management LLC boosted its stake in Sirius XM Holdings by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. (NASDAQ: SIRI ). Michigan-based Ls Invest Advsr Ltd Co has invested 0.02% in Sirius XM Holdings Inc . (NASDAQ: SIRI ) for 61,521 shs.

Saudi Arabia condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes
The communique called for more global sanctions on Iran and urged it to withdraw "its militias" from Syria and Yemen. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani headed Qatar's delegation at last year's Arab summit in Jordan.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.