Djukanovic Set to Win Montenegro Presidency

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According to the preliminary results of the State Electoral Commission based on 54.8 percent of counted votes, Djukanovic won 55.57 votes at the presidential elections. The pro-European leader defied Russian Federation past year by taking the Balkan State into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

A projection by the Centre for Election Monitoring (CEMI) on Sunday evening gave Djukanovic 53.9 per cent of the votes and his main challenger, Mladen Bojanic, 33.4 per cent.

The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the ruling party of Montenegro, declared victory of their leader Milo Djukanovic in the presidential elections on Sunday, who promised to continue to pursue country's future membership in the European Union (EU). Party leader Milos Nikolic said at the party's headquarters: "Djukanovic is the new president of Montenegro. there will be no second round".

Montenegro's presidency is a ceremonial post, but is expected to become the real seat of power in the country if 56-year-old Djukanovic is confirmed as the victor.

Opposition member Mladen Bojanic came second.

The vote, the first since Montenegro joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in December, was seen as a test for Djukanovic, who favors European integration over closer ties to traditional ally Moscow.

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Djukanovic's Democratic Socialist Party won the last general election in 2016, but he left the office to his deputy Dusko Markovic. President Filip Vujanovic is maybe not running due to word limits.

Pro-Russian Marko Milacic, a candidate forecasted to win just three percent of the vote, accuses Djukanovic of being most responsible for the "situation in the country, from bloody streets to the foreign policy and a ruined economy".

The country has also been marred by organized crime, with about 20 people killed by assassinations or auto bombs over the last two years.

With Montenegro's average salary at around 500 euros ($615) and unemployment at over 20 percent, the debate over the West versus Russian Federation is not the main concern of many Montenegrins.

A total of 532,599 people are eligible to vote.

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