Montenegro’s Djukanovic wins presidency, avoids runoff

Latest news

    Montenegro’s pro-Western ruling party leader Milo Djukanovic has won an outright victory in the country’s presidential vote, avoiding a runoff, according to official results released Monday.

    A near-complete vote count showed that Djukanovic won 54 percent of the ballots while his main opponent, Mladen Bojanic, had 33.3 percent, Montenegro‘s state election authorities said.

    Legislator Draginja Vuksanovic, the first-ever female presidential candidate in the Balkan nation on the Adriatic Sea, came in third with 8.2 percent.

    “I am convinced Montenegro will confirm its determination to continue on the path of European development,” Djukanovic said after casting his ballot on Sunday. 

    Sunday’s vote, the first since Montenegro joined the NATO Western military alliance in December, was seen as a test for Djukanovic, who favours European integration over closer ties to traditional ally Moscow.

    The presidential role in Montenegro is largely ceremonial, but when Djukanovic wins and replaces his ally, Filip Vujanovic, it is expected that he will wield considerable power and will be able to influence policy through the ranks of his Democratic Party of Socialists.

    Djukanovic led Montenegro to independence from much-larger Serbia in 2006 and was behind last year’s accession to NATO.

    He said Sunday that his victory means Montenegro will stick to its plan to join the European Union next.

    The opposition has accused Djukanovic of corruption and blamed the government led by his ruling Democratic Party of Socialists for a spike in crime-related violence.

    In his victory speech late Sunday, Djukanovic promised to work to overcome divisions within Montenegro, where many still cherish close ties with Moscow.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/montenegro-djukanovic-wins-presidency-avoids-runoff-180416090635759.html

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

    In the same category are

    Turkish police have audio of ‘Khashoggi killing in consulate’ Turkish police are believed to have a voice recording of Khashoggi's murder Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish authorities have an audio recording which in...
    Bangladesh editors protest ‘chilling’ Digital Security Act Editors held banner calling on government to 'abolish anti- free speech' sections in new law Dhaka, Bangladesh - Newspaper editors in Bangladesh ha...
    Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal If Leslie had hit Portugal as a hurricane, it would have been the first time in recorded history that Europe had seen the landfall of a hurricane. As...
    An American and an Arab journalist walk into a Saudi Consulate Upon Khashoggi's disappearance from the Saudi embassy in Turkey, Friedman rushed to write a piece in which he tried to excuse his previous endorsemen...
    India: Akbar sues journalist Priya Ramani over #MeToo allegations Shutapa Paul, who also accused Akbar of harassing her, said if the minister "has any moral responsibility he should step down" India's junior forei...
    Trump accuses climate scientists of pursuing ‘political agenda’ Trump said last year he would pull the US out of the internationally-backed 2015 Paris climate change agreement US President Donald Trump has again...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.