- Title: MONTENEGRO: Montenegrin PM Milo Djukanovic votes in general elections
- Date: 30th March 2009
- Summary: PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO (MARCH 29, 2009) (REUTERS) (*** FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ***) MONTENEGRO'S PRIME MINISTER, MILO DJUKANOVIC, ENTERING POLLING STATION DJUKANOVIC SHOWING IDENTIFICATION DJUKANOVIC'S IDENTIFICATION DJUKANOVIC SIGNING VOTERS LIST CAMERA CREWS FILMING DJUKANOVIC FILLING IN BALLOT PAPER PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PHOTOS DJUKANOVIC CASTING HIS BALLOT/LEAVING POLLING STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Montenegrin) MONTENEGRO'S PRIME MINISTER, MILO DJUKANOVIC, SAYING: "I believe Montenegro has previously shown it is a country of stability, democratic values and with a clear European ambition. What matters today is that Montenegro continues its dynamic economic development, that it will preserve social stability during the crisis. I am sure, based on its own resources, Montenegro will demonstrate its mature European democracy and a prospective economy." DJUKANOVIC TURNING AND WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 14th April 2009 13:00
- Location: Montenegro
- Country: Montenegro
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA73AV9680GZ761238ARICMX2W5
- Story Text: Montenegro's prime minister Milo Djukanovic voted on Sunday (March 29) in Montenegro's early parliamentary elections.
Opinion polls put Djukanovic's Coalition For a European Montenegro in the lead with more than 50 percent of votes, enough to rule alone.
Montenegrins are voting for a government to take the Balkan country towards European Union membership and counter effects of the global crisis.
Following the 2006 election, political parties agreed to hold the next vote by the end of 2009, but the government moved it forward, saying the path to EU membership required a fully functioning government and parliament.
Opposition parties and analysts say the coalition also wanted to win re-election before the effects of the global recession worsen.
Djukanovic has dominated political life in the Adriatic nation of 670,000 people for two decades and says he wants to win quick EU membership after applying in December.
After casting his ballot he told Reuters that Montenegro had shown it was a country of stability, with democratic values and a clear European ambition.
"What matters today is that Montenegro continues its dynamic economic development, that it will preserve social stability during the crisis. I am sure, based on it's own resources, Montenegro will demonstrate its mature European democracy and a prospective economy," Djukanovic said.
About 489,000 registered voters will be able to choose 81 lawmakers from among 16 political parties and coalitions. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and close at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) and first unofficial results are expected shortly after voting ends. Balloting will be monitored by 1,200 local and international observers.
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