Montenegro's ruling DPS ahead in ballot: exit polls

PODGORICA Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:31pm EDT

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PODGORICA (Reuters) - Montenegro's ruling DPS party took a strong lead in a parliamentary election on Sunday with 46 percent of votes, according to exit polls released by state television and Podgorica university after the voting ended.

If confirmed, it means DPS and its leader, 50-year old Milo Djukanovic, will extend a two-decade hold on power in the small ex-Yugoslav republic and oversee its European Union accession talks.

(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; writing by Zoran Radosavljevic)