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Montenegro Votes to Secede From Serbia
- Kods Time
( Tuesday, May 23, 2006 )
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Montenegro's state electoral commission confirmed the victory of a pro-independence bloc in a referendum to secede from Serbia and form their own state.
Those who want Montenegro to end the union with Serbia are celebrating. More than 55 percent of Montenegrins voted for independence on Sunday, achieving the majority set by the European Union for recognition of their referendum result. Turnout was 86.3 percent
Predrag Bulatovic, leader of the 'No' campaign, accused the government of trying to pre-empt the result by calling its supporters out on the streets in an "aggressive and arrogant" gesture.
But today's outcome meant the end of a partnership with Serbia going back to 1918 in various forms. Montenegro would be the last of ex Yugoslavia's six federal republics to part company with Serbia since 1991.
Pro-independence leaders say it has a better chance of economic prosperity and European Union membership on its own than in a dysfunctional union with Serbia, population 7.5 million.
But while Montenegrins celebrated with fireworks and firing weapons into the air, no celebrations took place in Serbia. The Belgrade government has openly supported the bloc fighting for the preservation of the union, but now it has to accept a new geopolitical reality.
Photo Above: Map of Serbia & Montenegro
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