Montenegro ruling DPS party just ahead of pro-Serb alliance -pollster

Parliamentary election in Montenegro

PODGORICA (Reuters) – The pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of President Milo Djukanovic was in close call against Montenegro’s pro-Serbian and pro-Russian alliance in parliamentary elections on Sunday, pollster CEMI said in a preliminary forecast.

On the basis of just over 49% percent of ballots from a sample of polling stations, CEMI forecast the DPS garnered 34.2% of votes, while the alliance of mainly Serb nationalist parties, For the Future of Montenegro, which wants closer ties with Serbia and Russia, was just behind with 33.7%.

Peace is Our Nation, an alliance of centrist and pro-Western parties, came third with 12.6%, CEMI said.

(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by David Evans)

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