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Veteran pro-EU candidate Djukanovic set to win Montenegro presidency: projection

From Reuters - April 15, 2018

PODGORICA (Reuters) - Veteran pro-European Union politician Milo Djukanovic was set to win Montenegros presidential election on Sunday with 53 percent of the votes, according to projected results.

Mladen Bojanic, a businessman backed by an alliance of parties, including some wanting closer ties with Russia, was set to come second with 33 percent, according to a projection by the Centre for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) pollster, based on a representative sample of polling stations.

Djukanovic and his ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led Montenegro into NATO last year and have pledged to complete talks for EU membership.

The presidential role is largely ceremonial. But Djukanovic, who would succeed his ally, Filip Vujanovic, is expected to wield considerable power and influence policy through the ranks of the DPS.

A cheering and flag-waving crowd of Djukanovics jubilant backers flocked to DPS headquarters in downtown Podgorica to celebrate.

Djukanovic arrived at party headquarters around 10:20 p.m. and was welcomed by cheering supporters, some of whom hugged and kissed him as he walked towards the rostrum.

We have fulfilled our promise and we have achieved another valuable victory for the European future of Montenego, he said.

I understand this election result as a confirmation of Montenegros evolution to achieve European values, European standards and full membership in the European Union, Djukanovic said before opening a bottle of champagne.

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