June 12, 2000 |
Allies of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic accused the West of using financial aid to buy votes in Montenegro's local elections, which were held Sunday in two cities and seen as a referendum on the republic's pro-Western policies. Voting reportedly went smoothly in Podgorica, the Montenegrin capital, and Herceg Novi. After polls closed, however, police had to separate pro- and anti-Milosevic groups in Podgorica as tensions rose. First returns were not expected before early today.