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Montenegro’s Top Political Survivor to Run for President Again

  • April 15 vote will replace Vujanovic after his second term
  • Djukanovic wants top post after multiple terms as premier
Milo Djukanovicb
Milo Djukanovicb

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The most powerful politician in Montenegro’s short modern existence as an independent country expects to reclaim the ex-communist state’s presidency in a vote next month after being tapped as the ruling party’s candidate.

Milo Djukanovic, who led the Balkan state of 620,000 people through the federation’s violent breakup, into NATO and on the path to joining the European Union, is mounting a comeback. He stepped aside in 2016 after his government accused Russia of staging a failed coup and assassination attempt against him on the night of parliamentary elections that his party narrowly won.