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Milo Djukanovic's DPS claims victory in Montenegro presidential election
16 April 2018, 05:13 | Devin Moran
Montenegro elections likely to mark closer relations with both Russia and the West
Milos Nikolic, a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, said: "Milo Djukanovic is the new president of Montenegro. this is a great victory, a historic victory".
The Center for Monitoring and exploration claimed following counting over 60 percent of the volatility though his opponent Mladen Bojanic won 34 percent which Djukanovic won approximately 5-3 percent. None of the remaining six candidates reached double digits.
Founded in Montenegro are casting ballots in a presidential elections, with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic expected to win following this past year, his celebration defied Russian Federation and required the modest Balkan state into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
"After this overwhelming and superior result you should reconsider your political position", he said in a direct message to opposition leaders.
The turnout was 64 per cent out of nearly 530,000 eligible voters in the small Adriatic country of some 650,000 people.
"I understand this election result as a confirmation of Montenegro's evolution to achieve European values, European standards and full membership in the European Union", Djukanovic said before opening a bottle of champagne.
The turnout was similar to the 2013 presidential election, when soon to be former president Filip Vujanovic won his second term as President of Montenegro.
Djukanovic, the country's dominant politician, and his party have ruled Montenegro for almost 30 years.
The opposition says Djukanovic has ties to the mafia, an accusation he has denied.
Mr Djukanovic's strongest rival is Mladen Bojanic, who has the support of most opposition parties, including pro-Russian factions. "Looking forward to years of cooperation in ensuring this future for our two peoples", Thaci wrote.
"As president, I will do everything in my power.to give the police the authority that would allow them to protect citizens from those who put their lives in danger", Djukanovic said during the campaign.
"I will win today", Djukanovic predicted after voting. The average salary in Montenegro sits at around €500 ($615) and unemployment is more than 20 percent.
But he toned down the anti-Russian rhetoric, saying he wanted "normal relations with Russia if it is prepared to do the same".
The EU in its 2016 progress report told the country it should continue its efforts to reduce organised crime, especially human trafficking and money laundering.
No significant election irregularities had been reported.
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