The second round of the Montenegrin presidential elections will be held on April 2. In the election, the leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS) and current President Milo Djukanovic, who received the most votes in the first round held on March 19, for the presidential seat, and the leader of the European Movement, Jakov Milatovic.
In the statement made by the State Election Commission (DİK), it was stated that 542,154 registered voters will cast their votes in the ballot boxes set up in Türkiye and abroad.
Expressing that the elections will determine the fate of the country, Djukanovic said, "In these elections, it will be determined whether Montenegro will become a region of Greater Serbia or whether it will continue to develop as a European state."
Stating that the government, which includes Milatovic, has been doing since 2021, and that Montenegro's path to membership in the European Union (EU) has been interrupted, Djukanovic argued that there was outside interference in the elections.
Milatovic, supported by Serbia, claimed that Djukanovic's party lost the elections at all levels and would lose the presidency as well.
Djukanovic, who won the third and seventh presidential elections in Montenegro, which switched to the multi-party system in 1990, served as prime minister 6 times.
The mandate of Djukanovic, who has been President since 2018, will expire on the night of 19 May.
In Montenegro, the president is elected every 5 years.
In the first round of the presidential elections in Montenegro, where the turnout rate was 63.1, Djukanovic got 35.3 percent of the votes and Milatovic got 29.2 percent of the votes.