A young economist new to politics, Jakov Milatovic, easily won the presidential election in Montenegro on Sunday against veteran Milo Djukanovic, according to projections by an NGO specializing in the study of the polls. According to the projections of the NGO CeMI covering almost all the polling stations, Jakov Milatovic, 36, obtained in the second round of the presidential election around 60% of the votes, against 40% for his rival who passed three decades at the top of power.
"I congratulate the new president Jakov Milatovic," Ana Nenezic, the director of this NGO, told the press. On the streets of Podgorica and other towns in the tiny Balkan country, supporters of the Europe Now candidate celebrated his victory by detonating fireworks and honking their horns.
The outcome of the vote will weigh heavily on the balance of power in the country bordering the Adriatic, where early legislative elections are convened for June 11. It will now be more difficult for the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of Milo Djukanovic, 61, who had already suffered a historic defeat in the last legislative elections of 2020, to recover.