Pro-European Union politician Milo Djukanovic wins Montenegro's presidential elections with 53.9% of votes according to preliminary results of the state election commission. Kosovo leaders were quick to congratulate Djukanovic, veteran politician and former prime minister who decided last month to return to politics.
Djukanovic, a candidate running for the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) was the favourite to win Sunday's elections. His party officials announced late on Sunday that Djukanovic, who has dominated politics in Montenegro for nearly 25 years, had secured victory. Milos Nikolic, a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, said: "Milo Djukanovic is the new president of Montenegro... this is a great victory, a historic victory." His main rival was Mladen Bojanic, an economist who has the support of most opposition parties, including pro-Russian factions, and is expected to secure around a third of the vote.
Kosovo leaders including President Hashim Thaci and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj have congratulated Djukanovic on the victory. Thaci in a Tweet congratulated “his old friend” on his victory. “This is a victory for the Montenegro but also for the entire region that aspires NATO and EU integration. Looking forward to years of cooperation in ensuring this future for our two peoples,” Thaci wrote. Also Prime Minister Haradinaj took Facebook late on Sunday to congratulate newly elected President of Montenegro and pledged that his Government will continue cooperation with Montenegro. “Congratulation to Montenegro citizens on free and democratic presidential elections. I also want to congratulate the victory to the newly elected president, Milo Djukanovic,” Haradinaj wrote. Kosovo Prime Minister before the election has called on Albanians living in Montenegro to vote Djukanovic.