The aftermath of Sunday's presidential election in Yugoslavia remains shrouded in uncertainty. Although the most recent polls show President Slobodan Milosevic far behind the main opposition candidate, Vojislav Kostunica, analysts are already speculating on the various methods his Socialist Party might use to rig the ballot. Failing that, few believe Milosevic will concede power willingly. This belief was reinforced by the announcement Thursday night by Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic that Milosevic can legally stay in office until June even if he loses the election. Another factor increasing the political tension is the decision by Milo Djukanovic, the President of Montenengro, Serbia's federal partner in Yugoslavia, to boycott the elections. No official polling stations will be established in Montenegro, and local television is not permitted to cover the election. In the end, this may help Milosevic, as the only votes cast in Montenegro will likely be by his supporters. Montenegrin government officials have said they would formally secede if Milosevic remains president. Should Milosevic declare victory regardless of the balloting as most observers expect, the political fallout for Yugoslavia remains to be seen.


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