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>> Voters take to the polls in Montenegro in an election seen as a showdown between East and West. The ruling Democratic party of socialists facing a tough test of its policies. Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic hoping his promises to bring the country into NATO and closer to the EU will outweigh allegations of corruption.
Montenegro is well on its way to joining NATO with accession expected in the spring. This election is viewed as a referendum on membership. The alliance invited the tiny Balkan country to join last year amid fears of growing Russian influence.>>
And it's just such an accusation being leveled at the opposition.
> Prime Minister Djukanovic says Montenegro would be reduced to a Russian colony under the Democratic Front. But the party says the claims are a smokescreen aimed at distracting from a culture of cronyism and organized crime. The Socialist Party has formed all nine governments since independence in 1991.
Meaning, Djukanovic has been in power for a quarter of a century, Europe's longest reigning leader and some say it's time for new blood. Polls in Montenegro are unreliable, so the result is hard to call. But observers say this is the most closely fought election in Montenegro's short history.