Djukanovic says Montenegro stable country, 20 terrorists from Serbia arrested

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Sunday, after the arrest of a terrorist group from Serbia, that Montenegro, which is voting in a parliamentary election today, was a stable and serious country, adding that he did not expect any incidents.

Montenegrin Chief of Police Slavko Stojanovic confirmed for the local television that based on intelligence information and cooperation with police forces in the region, the Montenegrin police arrested 20 Serbian citizens in the election night and during the day and that police were still searching for one more person.

The group, according to Stojanovic, planned a series of terrorist attacks in Montenegro during the election days, cause chaos in the country, attack institutions and possibly assassin top state officils.

The group is led by a former police head form Serbia, Bratislav Bata Dikic, who had been relieved of his duty.

Police have notified the Montenegrin State Prosecutor's Office of the case.

Djukanovic said he expected Sunday's election to be fair and that there would be no irregularities.

Montenegrins voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could determine whether the small Balkan state continues on its Western course or turns back to traditional ally Russia.

The vote pitted the long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, led by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, against a cluster of pro-Russian and pro-Serbian opposition groups that staunchly oppose the government's pro-Western policies, especially its NATO bid.

The outcome could jeopardise NATO and European Union enlargement in southeastern Europe and could prove decisive in the Kremlin's attempts to regain influence in the strategic Balkans region.

Pre-election polls have predicted the closest race since Montenegro gained independence from much larger Serbia a decade ago.

Last update: Sun, 16/10/2016 - 15:06

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