The outgoing government in Montenegro is expected to win a landslide election victory this weekend, having based its campaign on swift membership of the European Union. Milo Djukanovic has dominated political life in Podgorica for two decades, and opinion polls suggest he has more than 50 percent support. Critics say voters have no realistic alternative to Djukanovic. They say his likely success has more to do with a weak and divided opposition, than his record in office.
The main opposition is led by the Socialists, who favour closer ties with Serbia. The Serbian flag is prominent at many of their rallies. The spectre of recession looms over the election, with Socialist leader Srdjan Milic accusing the government of corruption and false promises. Tourism provides up to a quarter of Montenegro’s gdp, and a poor summer season is forecast. Critics say Sunday’s vote was called early to pre-empt the gathering financial problems. Preoccupied with its own economic worries, the EU has warned Montenegro it must do more to stamp out fraud and organised crime before membership negotiations can start.