Pro-West Djukanovic set to be Montenegro president

Croatian President Congratulates Newly Elected Montenegrin Leader

Founded in Montenegro are casting ballots in a presidential elections, with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic expected to win following this past year, his celebration defied Russian Federation and required the modest Balkan state into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

In 2016, he defied Russian Federation by spearheading Montenegro's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Elections by monitors from Montenegro's presidential elections have revealed that ruling-party leader Milo Djukanovic has swept the vote.

"As president, I will do everything in my power.to give the police the authority that would allow them to protect citizens from those who put their lives in danger", Djukanovic said during the campaign.

Montenegro's presidency is a ceremonial post, but is expected to become the real seat of power in the country if 56-year-old Djukanovic is confirmed as the victor.

Mladen Bojanic was Djukanovic's main rival, having been put forward by the leading opposition party, the Democratic Front, which prefers closer ties to Russian Federation and accuses Djukanovic of both nepotism and corruption.

The 56-year-old is expected to transform the presidency, previously a ceremonial five-year post held by his ally Filip Vujanovic, into the real seat of power in the country of 620,000 people.

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Djukanovic's Democratic Socialist Party won the last general election in 2016, but he left the office to his deputy Dusko Markovic.

Djukanovic was the most high-profile of the seven candidates, with posters plastered all over the capital Podgorica, where a third of Montenegro's population lives, proclaiming him as "leader, statesman and president of all citizens".

Surveys indicate Djukanovic can win over 1 / 2 of those votes and also prevent a runoff.

The opposition says Djukanovic has ties to the mafia, an accusation he has denied.

The country has also been marred by organized crime, with about 20 people killed by assassinations or vehicle bombs over the last two years.

A total of 532,599 people are eligible to vote. The average salary in Montenegro sits at around €500 ($615) and unemployment is more than 20 percent.

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