Yesterday (15 April, 2018) Montenegrins voted in presidential elections. There were 532,599 of citizens allowed to vote and 7 candidates:
1. Marko Milačić – Journalist and president of the military neutrality and populist party True Montenegro (Prava Crno Gora). Main goals is to withdrawal Montenegro from NATO, proclamation of military neutrality and withdrawal of Montenegro soldiers from all military missions abroad and to reduce the polarization of society.
2. Mladen Bojnić – economist, pro – Russian hardline oppositionist and independent candidate for elections, criticize the Montenegrin government and NATO accession. Supported by Democratic Front, Socialist People's Party of Montenegro,United Reform Action, URA and United Montenegro.
3. Hazbija Kalač – President of the extra-parliamentary Justice and Reconciliation Party, formerly known as the Bosniak Democratic Union of Sandžak, is a political party of the Bosniak ethnic minority concentrated in the Sandžak region.
4. Vasilije Miličković - Businessman, independent, his main goal is – The war on crime and corruption.
5. Dobrilo Dedeić - President of the extra-parliamentary Serb List, a Serbian nationalist party in Montenegro representing the Serb minority, established on 5 January 2012. It supports the Serbian Radical Party of Vojislav Šešelj in Serbia.
6. Draginja Vuksanović - Professor of law, member of the Social Democratic Party and first female presidential candidate in the history of Montenegro. She is also a deputy in the 26th Assembly of Montenegro.
7. Milo Đukanović - Former President and seven-times PM. Leader of Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro. He served as Prime Minister of Montenegro in three governments from 1991 to 1998, as President of Montenegro from 1998 to 2002, and as Prime Minister again from 2003 to 2006, from 2008 to 2010, and from 2012 to 2016. during his tenure, Montenegro entered the NATO structures.
According to CDT (Centar za demokratsku Tranzaciju) Milo Đukanović won an outright victory, avoiding a runoff with 53.8% of ballots. He won in Ulcinj, Bar and Podgorica but opposition won in Budva, Kotor i Herceg Nova. His main rival, Mladen Bojanic who accused Djukanovic of nepotism and corruption, got 33.5% . Draginja Vuksanović was third with 8.2% of votes. Đukanović won first run because of his pro – European/NATO and anti – Russian elections slogans. Djukanovic led Montenegro to independence from Serbia in 2006 and NATO membership last year. The opposition is worried because Đukanovic (56 year-old) called Veteran Montenegrin leader has secured himself lifelong power.