Montenegro’s longtime ruler faces ballot test

Montenegro’s ruling party faces its toughest test in 27 years in power as polls opened at 7 a.m. local time (0500 UTC) Sunday, when many hope that election promises to bring the country into NATO and closer to the European Union will outweigh allegations of corruption.

Djukanovic, who faced down large protest rallies last year, has pitched the vote as a choice between ties with the West or with traditional Slavic ally Russia, whom he accuses of funding opposition parties.

“Are we going to be part of developed European society or a Russian colony?” Djukanovic asked supporters waving national red flags at his final rally in the capital Podgorica.

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