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VOTING ENDS IN MONTENEGRIN REFERENDUM
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 21 - 05 - 2006


VOTING ENDED SUNDAY EVENING IN THE MONTENEGRIN
REFERENDUM ON INDEPENDENCE FOLLOWING A RECORD TURNOUT AND THE
FEVERISH WAIT FOR THE RESULT STARTED, ACCORDING TO DPA.
AROUND 86.7 PER CENT OF THE 485,000 VOTERS HAVE CAST THEIR BALLOTS
WITH 30 MINUTES STILL TO GO UNTIL THE 9 P.M. CLOSE OF THE POLLING
STATIONS.
PRIME MINISTER MILO DJUKANOVIC'S PRO-INDEPENDENCE OPTION NEEDS
MORE THAN 55 PER CENT OF THE VOTES CAST IN ORDER TO PUSH THROUGH THE
DIVORCE FROM THE MUCH LARGER SERBIA.
THE MAJORITY PROVISION WAS AGREED BETWEEN DJUKANOVIC'S
"SOVEREIGNISTS" AND THE "UNIONIST" OPPOSITION ON REQUEST BY THE
EUROPEAN UNION.
IF LESS THAN 55 PER CENT OF THE VOTERS BACK INDEPENDENCE,
MONTENEGRO WILL REMAIN IN THE UNION WITH SERBIA, AS WANTED BY THE
OPPOSITION BLOC IN THE TINY REPUBLIC.
THE VOTING WENT AHEAD WITHOUT MAJOR INCIDENTS, DESPITE THE DEEP
RIFT THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE HAS CREATED ACROSS THE MONTENEGRIN
SOCIETY.


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