Montenegro to hold first presidential election since independence
(People's) - Montenegrins will go to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first presidential election since the tiny Adriatic country declared independence from a union with Serbia two years ago.
Four candidates are running, but incumbent President Filip Vujanovic is expected to win re-election in Sunday's first round by securing more than 50 percent of the votes, according to opinion polls.
The 53 year-old Vujanovic is supported by the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS). His main rival is Nebojsa Medojevic, the leader of the strongest opposition Movement for Changes.
The other two candidates are Andrija Mandic, who represents pro-Serb parties, and Srdjan Milic of the center-left Socialist People's Party.
Montenegro's president serves a five-year term for a largely ceremonial role. A run-off will be held two weeks later if no candidates win more than 50 percent of the valid votes in the first round. The DPS fears that the opposition could unite behind one candidate in the possible second round to undermine Vujanovic's chances of re-election.
There are about 500,000 eligible voters in Montenegro with a population of 650,000.
About 800 international and domestic observers will monitor the polls.