Early results show Djukanovic sweeping Montenegro vote

Montenegro to elect new president on Sunday

Montenegro to elect new president on Sunday

Montenegro's former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Sunday claimed victory in the presidential election, according to an NGO monitoring the polls.

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.

Djukanovic's Democratic Socialist Party won the last general election in 2016, but he left the office to his deputy Dusko Markovic. Party leader Milos Nikolic said at the party's headquarters: "Djukanovic is the new president of Montenegro... there will be no second round".

Because the military alliance was joined by Montenegro in December, the vote Sunday is your initial.

Djukanovic thanked his coalition partners, noting that he expected a similar victory in the upcoming parliamentary election.

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. "This is a great victory, a historic victory". "I will continue the struggle to liberate Montenegro from Djukanovic's dictatorship".

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.

Djukanovic is set to replace incumbent President Filip Vujanovic, whose mandate expires in May.

Previously served as prime minister and once as a president, 56-year-old Djukanovic is returning to active politics after a brief break.

Djukanovic was prime minister during a tense October 2016 parliamentary election when authorities said they thwarted a pro-Russian coup attempt created to prevent the country from joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

He promised Sunday to work to overcome divisions within Montenegro, a predominantly Orthodox Christian Slavic nation where many still cherish historic links to Russian Federation.

During the campaign, opposition candidates have accused Djukanovic of fostering cronyism, nepotism, corruption and ties with organized crime, which he denies.

Two Russian citizens also are being tried in absentia for the plot, which prosecutors said included a plan to assassinate Djukanovic.

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