Milo Djukanovic wins Montenegro's presidential election

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Montenegro's former prime minister and president, Milo Djukanovic is heading for a victory in Sunday's presidential polls in Montenegro, with 57.6% of votes, Cemi agency said after counting nine percent of ballots, TASS reported. "This is a confirmation of Montenegro's resolve to continue down the European path, to continue down the road that will lead us to EU membership", Djukanovic said in a statement issued by the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro. If he wins the presidency, now a ceremonial post held by his ally Filip Vujanovic, it is expected to become the real seat of power in the country of 620,000 people. However, if the former leader fails to win the seven-candidate race, a run-off vote will be held on April 29.

The President of Montenegro is elected by popular vote for a five-year period, so Djukanovic, who regardless of their positions is the leader of Montenegro 27 years since 1991, will be in charge of the country for the seventh time, and the total period of his reign to the end of the new presidential mandate will be 32 years. "Looking forward to years of cooperation in ensuring this future for our two peoples", Thaci wrote.

Djukanovic challenger will be Mladen Bojanic, backed by resistance groups, for example types that are pro-Russian.

Sunday's vote passed off peacefully amid fears of disorder after 20 people were arrested and accused of trying to stage a coup during legislative elections in 2016.

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

"I agree with Djukanovic that the state is stronger than mafia".

However, Mr Djukanovic has claimed that the opposition wants to turn the country into a "Russian province" and threaten Montenegro's multicultural way of life.

For Djukanovic, however, the choice between Brussels and Moscow is crucial to Montenegro's development.

But he has toned down the anti-Russian rhetoric, saying he wanted "normal relations with Russia if it is prepared to do the same". "This is a victory for the Montenegro but also for the entire region that aspires North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union integration".

According to preliminary data, the turnout was 58.6%. "Congratulation to Montenegro citizens on free and democratic presidential elections".