Djukanovic declares victory in Montenegro presidential elections

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Former Montenergrin prime minister and ex-president Milo Djukanovic won the first round of the country's presidential elections on Sunday, promising to keep the Balkan state on course to European Union membership, his party said on Sunday.

Djukanovic, the country's dominant politician, and his party have ruled Montenegro for almost 30 years. But Djukanovic, who would succeed his ally, Filip Vujanovic, is expected to wield considerable power and influence policy through the ranks of the DPS.

According opinion polls, the frontrunners were Djukanovic and Bojanic, the single opposition candidate.

Polls suggest the 56-year-old could win more than half of the votes on Sunday and avoid a run-off.

The pro-Western economist led Montenegro to independence from Serbia in 2016 and into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation previous year - now he wants to take the predominantly Orthodox country, a part of which has strong pro-Russia sympathies, into the European Union.

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

Challenger Bojanic, who was backed by several opposition groups, including pro-Russian ones, vowed to continue his struggle against Djukanovic, describing him as "the man holding Montenegro and its institutions hostage". Kosovo Prime Minister before the election has called on Albanians living in Montenegro to vote Djukanovic.

He had accused Djukanovic of being "the creator of the instability and chaos that we witness in the streets of Montenegro".

The Center for Monitoring and exploration claimed following counting over 60 percent of the volatility though his opponent Mladen Bojanic won 34 percent which Djukanovic won approximately 5-3 percent.

For Djukanovic, however, the choice between Brussels and Moscow is crucial to whether Montenegro will "remain on its road of development".

"The majority in Montenegro want a free and democratic Montenegro", Bojanić said.