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Incumbent Wins Montenegro's Presidential Election

Independent election monitors say Montenegro's President Filip Vujanovic has won re-election.

The Center for Monitoring says, with most of the votes counted, Mr. Vujanovic has won 52 percent of the vote from Sunday's election - enough to avoid a runoff.

The group says the closest rival candidate, pro-Serb Andrija Mandic, got 19 percent of the vote. Official results are expected later Monday.

Voter turnout was 69 percent, which is more than 20 percent higher than in 2003 when Mr. Vujanovic won his first five-year term.

Sunday's presidential election was the first since Montenegro gained independence from Serbia two years ago.

A jubilant Mr. Vujanovic says he will be president for all Montenegrins, and that he will bring the country closer to the European Union.

The president is an ally of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who guided Montenegro to independence.

Montenegro's economy has boomed since independence, but the country has not been able to shed its image as a corrupt society. Prime Minister Djukanovic has been questioned by Italian authorities on several occasions in connection with cigarette smuggling.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.