Montenegro’s Prime Minister has won an ‘absolute majority’ in yesterday’s parliamentary elections. It is a repeat of his success in the May referendum that led the former Yugoslav republic to independence. Announcing his victory at the polls, Milo Djukanovic thanked his supporters. He said today’s result “is not just a victory, [it] is a triumph of European politics in Montenegro.” Djukanovic told the cheering crowd that the elections show Montenegro is “stable and firmly on the European track.”
The Adriatic coast republic is currently enjoying a period of economic development. However, Montenegro is still a country affected by ethnic tensions. It is estimated that 47% of the population still do not consider themselves Montenegrin. Official results due later this week are expected to confirm that Djukanovics’s centre-left coalition won about 50 percent of the vote, leaving three rival opposition groups far behind.