PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrins are voting in a parliamentary election that is widely expected to keep the longest-serving government in the Balkans in power for another term.
Sunday's vote comes as the tiny nation seeks membership in the European Union and battles an economic downturn.
More than half a million voters are choosing between the ruling coalition led by Milo Djukanovic and opposition groups hoping to unseat him after more than two decades in power.
Pre-election surveys predict Djukanovic's European Montenegro coalition will triumph with some 47 percent of the vote. The lead opposition Democratic Front is expected to win around 18 percent.
Djukanovic's coalition led Montenegro to independence in 2006 and opened accession talks with the EU this year. Critics accuse the government of corruption and murky business links.