Montenegro Goes to the Polls

Montenegro Goes to the Polls

Citizens of Montenegro will go to the polls today to elect a new President. If no candidate wins 50%+ of the votes then a runoff election will be held in two weeks, however the last time this occurred was in 1997. Current President Filip Vujanović is ineligible to run again due to term limits. 

The front runner is Democratic Party of Socialists candidate Milo Đukanović, who has been either Prime Minister or President of Montenegro for 25 of the last 27 years. During this time Đukanović served 4 terms as Prime Minister and 1 term as President. 

Đukanović is moving Montenegro closer to European integration, with an aim to join the EU by 2025. While Đukanović welcomes improved relations with Russia, Montenegro in recent years has signaled a shift away from Moscow. Conversely, his main opposition in the election, Mladen Bojanić, favours closer ties to Russia. 

Polling in previous Montenegrin Presidential elections has been quite accurate in predicting the winner. Current polling puts Đukanović in the lead at 50.6% with a 15.1% lead over Bojanić who is at 35.5%. If the election result matches the polls then there will not be a runoff election but only by a small margin. 

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