The success of the Montenegrin Prime Minister in yesterday’s Parliamentary elections has cleared the way for further agreement negotiations with the EU. Announcing victory at yesterday’s polls, Milo Djukanovich said the election result represented a “triumph of European politics in Montenegro”. The Prime Minister’s expected ‘absolute majority’ has now led to an announcement by the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, that talks are to resume at the end of the month on an EU Association Agreement with Montenegro.
Official results due later this week are expected to confirm that Djukanovics’ centre-left coalition won about 50 percent of the vote, leaving three rival opposition groups far behind. The Adriatic coast republic is currently enjoying a period of economic development. However the country is still affected by ethnic tensions as only 43% of the population consider themselves Montenegrin.