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Montenegro: Djukanovic to Quickly Form New Government

Podgorica, 21 October 2002 (RFE/RL) -- After his party's victory in yesterday's parliamentary elections, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic promised today to form a new government quickly and restore stability to the Yugoslav republic. According to preliminary results, Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists won 39 of the 75 seats in Montenegro's parliament.

Djukanovic said his party won an absolute majority and can form a government alone. Djukanovic said he would invite ethnic Albanian parties to take part so the government, "will reflect the multiethnic and multicultural diversity of Montenegro."

Djukanovic also spoke about the new government's priorities.

"The state priorities will focus on overcoming our very difficult economic and social problems and the implementation of the Belgrade Agreement."

In the Belgrade Agreement, reached last March with Serbian and European Union leaders, Montenegro promised to delay a referendum on independence from the Yugoslav Federation. The deal aims at the reconstitution of Yugoslavia under a looser union.

The preliminary results were released by the Center for Free and Fair Elections, an independent Belgrade-based monitoring group.