Presidential candidate Miodrag Lekic addresses his supporters after his headquarters claimed victory in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, April 7, 2013. Both the incumbent and the opposition candidate claimed victory in Montenegro's presidential election on Sunday, fueling political tensions in the small Balkan country which is striving for European Union membership. State election authorities had yet to release any official results in the race for the largely ceremonial post. President Filip Vujanovic, from the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, said that based on his camp's own, full count of the votes, he had won 51.3 percent of ballots, while opponent Lekic won 48.7 percent. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)
(The Associated Press)
PODGORICA, Montenegro – Montenegrin state election authorities say incumbent Filip Vujanovic has won the country's presidential race, despite claims by the opposition that their candidate was the winner.
The election commission said Monday that Vujanovic won 51.21 percent of the votes, compared to 48.29 percent garnered by the opposition candidate, Miodrag Lekic.
Opposition members said earlier that they would not recognize Vujanovic's victory in Sunday's election, a move that could throw the small Balkan nation into political turmoil.
The presidency is a largely ceremonial position in Montenegro.