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21 May 2006

Montenegro votes on independence from union with Serbia

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I think this might have something to do with the big ugly nasty controversy a few months ago [covered by A-VP] over which singing group would represent Serbia&Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest. It could explain the record turnout at the polls.

A bit up the Adriatic coast, Slovenia is also desperately trying to put wheels under itself and push itself West, away from the Balkans, toward the West and the EU. Nobody wants to be caught dead in the former Yugo if they can help it.

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Record turnout registered
in Montenegrin
independence referendum


www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-22 03:06:15

BELGRADE, May 21 (Xinhua) -- A record turnout was registered on Sunday in a referendum in Montenegro to decide whether the tiny Balkan republic would remain in the state union of Serbia-Montenegro or regain its independence after 88 years.

About 401,500, or 82.8 percent of registered Montenegrin voters have cast their ballots by 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), surpassing the earlier elections turnout of some 82 percent, the Podgorica-based Center for Democratic Transition said.

The non-governmental organization said that the turnout was 82.4 percent in northern Montenegro, about 84.6 percent in central parts and 79.4 in the south.

Frantisek Lipka, president of the Republic Referendum Commission in Montenegro, said earlier on Sunday that the referendum turnout could not be compared to that of elections, since this was a decision on the key issue.

The referendum, which started from 8 a.m. (0600 GMT), will be closed on 9 p.m. (1900 GMT). Unofficial and official preliminary results are expected respectively on Sunday night and on Monday morning.

Under conditions mediated by the European Union, the independence will not be valid unless the referendum passes the threshold of 55 percent of votes with a turnout of at least half of the mountainous republic's 484,718 registered voters.

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Editor: Luan Shanglin

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