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Montenegro's Ruling Party Claims Victory in Sunday's Election

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's ruling coalition has claimed victory in the country's first election since the country split from a union with Serbia.

The coalition declared Monday that it won an absolute majority in Sunday's election for Montenegro's 81-seat assembly.

The pro-Serb opposition conceded defeat.

Official results have not been released. But the independent Center for Democratic Tradition confirmed late Sunday that the coalition of Mr. Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists and the Social Democratic Party has won at least 41 seats.

Two pro-Serb blocs together are expected to get 23 seats and a fourth party, the Movement for Change, 11 seats.

Prime Minister Djukanovic called the vote proof that Montenegro is firmly on the road to the European Union.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said the vote was largely in line with European standards for democratic elections.

Montenegro declared its independence from a union with Serbia in June after its citizens narrowly voted for the split. The action marked the final phase in the break-up of former Yugoslavia.

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