Montenegrin ruling coalition wins local elections

The coalition of Montenegro's ruling Democratic Party of Socialists has scored a landslide victory in local elections, cementing the power of the long-serving prime minister, preliminary results showed on Monday.

Montenegrin ruling coalition wins local elections

The coalition of Montenegro's ruling Democratic Party of Socialists has scored a landslide victory in local elections, cementing the power of the long-serving prime minister, preliminary results showed on Monday.

Milo Djukanovic's bloc won 12 out of 14 municipalities in the Sunday vote of the European Union applicant country, the election commission said on the basis of an incomplete vote count. Final results are expected later this month, it said.

Djukanovic has dominated politics in the least populated country in the Balkans for the past two decades, and led the country to independence from Serbia in 2006.

Opposition parties, many favouring closer ties with neighbouring Serbia, have accused Djukanovic and his allies of failing to combat organised crime and to boost the economy during the economic downturn.

Djukanovic's allies won 28 seats in the 57-strong assembly of the capital Podgorica, home to a third of the population of 700,000-strong population, but not enough to govern alone.

The 12-party strong opposition alliance For the Better Montenegro, won two municipalities and 24 seats in Podgorica's assembly.

The economy of Montenegro, which is driven mainly by the tourism and real estate sectors, dropped sharply in the past two years due to the global financial downturn and after investors pulled out from emerging markets.


Reuters

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