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Montenegro votes pro-EU PM back to office

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Montenegro’s Prime Minister has claimed victory in the country’s general election after a campaign which promised a push to join the EU quickly.

It is hardly a surprise result. Pre-election opinion polls had made Milo Djukanovic the hot favourite. The incumbent premier had brought the date of the election forward with a view to winning endorsement from the public for an EU membership application at the end of the year. In the capital Podgorica, Djukanovic said: “Voters have clearly opted for a safer life, for economic prosperity and democracy, and for the european future of our country.” His coalition for a European Montenegro ended up with 49 of the parliament’s 81 seats. The closest challengers, the opposition Socialist People’s Party were way behind on 15 seats, with the New Serbian Democracy Party in third. The opposition claimed Djukanovic had made a dash for the ballot box before the effects of global recession made winning back office more of a challenge.