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Montenegro: Vujanovic Elected President

Podgorica, Montenegro; 11 May 2003 (RFE/RL) -- According to unofficial estimates, favored candidate Filip Vujanovic has won Montenegro's presidential election. Independent monitors said Vujanovic, the candidate of the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, got the support of more than 63 percent of those who voted.

The Center for Monitoring Elections (CEMI) said turnout was 48 percent and the other two candidates, Miodrag Zivkovic of the Liberal Alliance of Montenegro, won 31 percent, while independent Dragan Hajdukovic got 4 percent of the votes.

The presidential vote is the third in almost six months. The first two attempts -- in December and February -- failed because under 50 percent of Montenegro's 450,000 eligible voters turned out. Since then the electoral law has been reformed to remove the 50-percent minimum threshold.