BELGRADE, April 16. /TASS/. Montenegro’s former Prime Minister and former President Milo Djukanovic, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, has claimed to have won the Sunday presidential election and pledged to ensure the country’s European Union membership before the end of his five-year presidential term.
"Just as we said, we have received 54% of the vote in the first round of the election and left the other six candidates behind," Djukanovic said at his election headquarters. "I see this result as a proof of Montenegro’s determination to move forward along the European path. I am confident that in the next five years we will make the final steps and achieve results that we have been planning to achieve on our 20-years-long road to EU membership," he added.
Djukanovic thanked his coalition partners, noting that he expected a similar victory in the upcoming parliamentary election. He also addressed the opposition, advising it "to come to reason and change" its views since the people did not support them.
Djukanovic’s election team earlier announced his victory. Opposition member Mladen Bojanic came second.
Monitoring agencies have confirmed Djukanovic’s election win. According to head of the Center for Democratic Transition Milica Kovacevic, Djukanovic has garnered 54.2% of the vote, while Mladen Bojanic is second with 33.3%, the only female candidate Draginja Vuksanovic is third (8.1%) and leader of the Real Montenegro party Marko Milacic is fourth (2.7%). The Monitoring Center (CeMI) says that Djukanovic has secured a victory winning 53.8% of the vote, Bojanic has garnered 33.6%, Vuksanovic has 8.1% and Milacic has 2.9%.
Montenegro’s State Election Commission is expected to announce the final results of the presidential election within the next few days.