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In pictures: Montenegro votes

A girl waves a Montenegrin flag from a car in Montenegro's capital, Podgorica

The people of Montenegro have voted for independence from Serbia in Sunday's referendum, official results show.

Pro-independence supporters celebrate in the capital, Podgorica

Celebrations began late on Sunday after unofficial results suggested the pro-independence block had secured the required 55% of the vote.

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic (2nd r) sprays champagne over pro-independence supporters in Podgorica

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said this was the most important day in Montenegro's recent history.

People queue at a polling station in Podgorica

Turnout was 86.3%, and voters formed long queues at many polling stations.

Yes campaigners ahead of Montenegro's independence referendum

Supporters of independence had argued it would bring faster European integration and a stronger economy.

"No" is sprayed on a wall in Podgorica, Montenegro

But "No" campaigners said Montenegro was too small to survive on its own, and made their feelings known in the capital Podgorica.

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and opposition leader Predrag Bulatovic

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic (right) led the independence camp, and opposition leader Predrag Bulatovic (left) the pro-Serbians.

n elderly Montenegrin man, dressed in traditional uniform, casts his ballot in Podgorica

About 55.4% of voters chose to end Montenegro's union with Serbia, official results show.

A man looks at the communist-era monument in the Adriatic town of Ulcinj, Montenegro

That was just above the 55% needed to allow the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia - remembered in communist-era monuments - to go ahead.


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