Pro-EU Candidate Wins Montenegro’s Presidential Election

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Pro-European Union candidate, Milo Đukanović, won Montenegro’s presidential election on Sunday, April 15.

He won with 53.9 percent of the votes, according to the nongovernmental organization, the Centre for Monitoring and Research( CeMI).

Đukanović served as the Prime Minister of Montenegro from 1991 to 1998, 2003 to 2006, 2008 to 2010 and 2012 to 2016. He was the president from 1998 to 2002. He has promised that Montenegro will become a member of the EU before the end of his term.

The State Election Commission said that the turnout stood at 61.6 percent, half an hour before polling stations closed at 7:30p.m.

The election was touted as a test of popular support for EU membership.

His main opponent, Mladen Bojanić, a businessman supported by several parties, including pro-Russian contingents, won 33.4 percent. Opposition candidates have accused Đukanović of cronyism, nepotism, corruption, and ties with organised crime, which he has denied. Đukanović said that his win marked another important victory for Montenegro’s European future.

Đukanović helped Montenegro join NATO in 2017, and his pro-Western stance has soured the country’s relations with Russia. Montenegro recently joined other countries in expelling a Russian diplomat after the poisoning of former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal. in Britain.