Montenegro goes to the polls to elect a new President in only the second general election since separating from Serbia in 2006.
Incumbent Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic is favourite, as his ruling Democratic Party of Socialists first orchestrated independence for the country. Vujanovic has expressed confidence in a re-election.
His main opponent is Miodrag Lekic, a former diplomat to Yugoslavia under Serbia’s late leader Slobodan Milosovic. Lekic is seeking an end to the incumbent party’s rule, which has enjoyed over two decades in power.
He’s promised to be a fully independent president and accused Vujanovic of being a party puppet figure.
Veljko Racic, a young resident from Podgorica expressed his unhappiness at the status quo: “I expect the new president to bring some changes. It should be a new moment for the dismantling of this system”.
Another Montenegrin resident, Mijo Boskovic has seen the same party in power for too long: “The new president should chaneg something, it would be just a little step towards a better situation. We’ve now had almost 23 years of the same”.
Montenegro have their sights set firmly on EU membership, but the EU has made it clear that they must first tackle the corruption and organised crime that plagues the country.