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Poll Monitors: Djukanovic's Party Wins Montenegro's First Post-Independence Election


Election monitors in the world's newest country - Montenegro - say Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will keep power after its first election since splitting from Serbia in June.

Unofficial results from Sunday's parliamentary vote give Mr. Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists 41 of 81 seats. Various pro-Serbian, ethnic-Albanian, and other smaller parties also won seats.

After casting his vote Sunday, Mr. Djukanovic said he expects absolute victory and believes he can form a government without needing a coalition. He promises to push Montenegro towards NATO and European Union membership.

Montenegrin police Saturday arrested 14 ethnic-Albanians, including three U.S. citizens, in a southern village.

Authorities said they posed a threat to the country, but gave no other details.

Ethnic Albanian officials call the arrests a political provocation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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