Montenegro's ruling-party leader Milo Djukanovic swept Sunday's presidential election, with a margin large enough to avoid a runoff, the party announced.
In 2016, he defied Russian Federation by spearheading Montenegro's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
The Center for Monitoring and exploration claimed following counting over 60 percent of the volatility though his opponent Mladen Bojanic won 34 percent which Djukanovic won approximately 5-3 percent.
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".
Djukanovic, a former prime minister and the country's dominant politician, and the Democratic Party of Socialists have ruled Montenegro for almost 30 years. Current President Filip Vujanovic did not run due to term limits.
Mr Djukanovic has dominated politics in the former Yugoslav republic for nearly 25 years and stepped down as prime minister in 2016.
"I will win today", Djukanovic predicted after voting.
About 530,000 voters were eligible to vote in the election.
Mr Djukanovic has been accused by the opposition of being linked to the mafia, which he denies.Читайте также: Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bojanic quickly conceded saying, "Montenegro has chosen what it has chosen".
Organised crime has cast a shadow over the campaign after 20 people were killed by assassinations in the street or vehicle bombs over the last two years.
Bojanic, who had the support of most opposition parties, including pro-Russian factions, said he voted to "put an end to the reign of an autocrat who wants to turn Montenegro into a dictatorship". "I see this result as a proof of Montenegro's determination to move forward along the European path".
Pro-Russian Marko Milacic, a candidate forecasted to win just three percent of the vote, accuses Djukanovic of being most responsible for the "situation in the country, from bloody streets to the foreign policy and a ruined economy".
For Djukanovic, however, the choice between Brussels and Moscow is crucial to Montenegro's development.
The EU in its 2016 progress report told the country it should continue its efforts to reduce organised crime, especially human trafficking and money laundering.
The state election commission said turnout at 7.30 p.m (1730 GMT), half an hour before polling closed, was 61.6 percent.
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