Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Presidency rivals claim poll win

An elderly woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Podgorica, Montenegro (AP)

Both the incumbent and the opposition candidate are claiming victory in Montenegro's presidential election, fuelling political tensions in the small Balkan country.

State election officials had yet to release any results.

But President Filip Vujanovic said that based on his camp's own, full count of the votes, he won 51.3% of ballots, while his opponent Miodrag Lekic claimed 48.7%.

Mr Lekic's camp, however, said it had counted 92% of the ballots and that their candidate had garnered 50.5% of the votes, compared to 49.5% for Mr Vujanovic.

The opposition said it expected the result to remain the same until the end of the counting process.

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