Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has cast his ballot in the country’s first elections since it became an independent state. Djukanovic leads the socialist and social-democrat coalition that successfully campaigned for a break with Serbia in a referendum earlier this year. Opinion polls predicted that the main opposition group led by Predrag Bulatovic would not be likely to perform as well as the government side. The group consists of three parties which opposed Montenegrin independence.
Correspondents say all the biggest parties accept that it is time to forget the heavy political baggage associated with the former union with Serbia. Montenegro became the 192nd member of the UN in June following the split with Belgrade.
Only about 400,000 people are qualified to vote in this thinly populated country.
Montenegro was an independent kingdom before the First World War. Institutions and ceremony associated with a sovereign land are being revived in Europe’s newest state. All the main contenders in the election agree that the ultimate goal for Montenegro is membership of the European Union.