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Makfax online: Djukanovic's coalition claims absolute victory

Published date: 12.09.2006 19:12 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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The ruling pro-European coalition, led by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, on Monday claimed an absolute victory in Montenegro's first parliamentary elections since splitting from Serbia.

The Center for Democratic Transition said the ruling centre-left coalition, led by Milo Djukanovic, won a majority in Montenegro's 81-seat parliament.

Djukanovic's Coalition for European Montenegro won 41 seats, according to Center for Democratic Transition, citing a near-complete vote count. The pro-Serbian blocs together would get 23 seats.

The newly founded Movement for Change, would win 11 seats, according to monitors. The rest will go to several smaller parties.

Official results are expected late on Monday, but the rival blocs - citing their own vote tallies - already confirmed the outcome and conceded the defeat.

"These elections showed that Montenegro is stable and firm on its road to Europe," PM Djukanovic said early on Monday while addressing his supporters. He unveiled a comprehensive reform agenda aimed at harmonizing domestic standards with the EU. /