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The Raw Election Authority

Published date: 13.09.2006 13:49 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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Podgorica, Montenegro- Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic claimed an absolute majority in Sunday's parliamentary elections, as the coalition he heads won 41 seats in the 81-seat parliament, Montenegro's election authority announced Tuesday. The official preliminary results confirm the earlier claims of the coalition between Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists and the Social Democratic Party that they had won between 41 and 43 seats.

After engineering the country's independence in a referendum in May, Djukanovic and his coalition will now be able to form the new government.

The long-time primary opposition Socialist People's Party, which backed Slobodan Milosevic's regime until his fall six years ago, won just 11 seats, one fewer than a bloc of ethnic Serbian parties and the same number as the brand-new Movement for Change, the electoral commission said.

The Liberal Party-Muslim Bosniaks coalition claimed three seats, while three Albanian parties took one parliamentary seat each.

The final official results were expected by September 20.