EUROPE Montenegrin Leader

Promises Stability PODGORICA, Yugoslavia -- After his party won a majority in parliamentary elections, Montenegro's president promised yesterday to form a new government quickly and restore political stability in the troubled Yugoslav republic.

President Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists won 39 of 75 seats in Montenegro's parliament, according to preliminary results, edging out opponents who earlier this year brought down his government and forced an early vote.

"We have won an absolute majority and we can form a government alone," Djukanovic said. He said he would invite ethnic Albanian parties to participate "so our government will reflect the multi-ethnic and multicultural diversity of Montenegro."

The preliminary results were released late Sunday by the independent Center for Free Elections and Democracy. Djukanovic's main rivals in the Coalition for Change won 30 seats; the radical pro-independence Liberal Alliance won four seats; and two went to a group representing the ethnic Albanian minority.

The tiny state of 600,000 people, along with Serbia and its 10 million people, make up what is left of Yugoslavia.

Associated Press New Data Collected

In Ukraine-Iraq Probe KIEV, Ukraine -- U.S. and British experts have completed a fact-gathering trip to Ukraine but need at least a week to establish whether the former Soviet state sold an aircraft detection system to Iraq, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said.

As President Leonid Kuchma said he hoped for a "positive outcome" from the trip, U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual said the team had flown to London to assess data on whether a sale of a "Kolchuga" early warning system had been made in breach of U.N. sanctions.

Kuchma and his government came under pressure over the affair after Washington suspended some financial aid and launched an investigation of the charges disclosed in a tape recording made by the president's former bodyguard.

Kuchma has denied the charges.

ReutersTHE MIDDLE EAST Group Welcomes Aid

To Depose Hussein TEHRAN -- The leader of the biggest Iraqi opposition group said he would welcome international support, including from the United States, to oust the Iraqi president, but wouldn't accept a U.S. puppet government in Saddam Hussein's place.

Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, leader of the Tehran-based Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, said his group and the United States differ on how to oust Saddam.

"Our preferred solution is for several thousands of our forces to topple Saddam with the political and military backing of the international community, including the United States," Hakim said in an interview at his headquarters in Tehran. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has said the United States is considering a model for postwar Iraq that resembles Japan after World War II, when Japan was occupied by an American-led military government. Another model, he said, is the postwar occupation of Germany.

Associated PressTHE AMERICAS Officials Arrested

For Tip-Offs to Cartels MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities arrested 22 current and former government officials accused of giving key information about drug investigations to powerful drug cartels in exchange for monthly payments.

Among those arrested were current employees of the drug crime prosecution agency, the federal police, the attorney general's office and the Defense Ministry, as well as former members of the military.

"The investigations are ongoing into other public servants who have betrayed the trust of society," said Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha.

The government also seized 230 pieces of real estate, 16 vehicles and more than $2 million in cash as part of the investigation.

Reuters