Poroshenko, Aliyev agree to develop cooperation in Ukraine-Azerbaijan-Turkey format

13 April, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Azerbaijan's Aliyev seeks to extend 15-year rule in election

"We suppose that in the next seven years, Azerbaijan will be developing and strengthening under the leadership of Ilham Aliyev".

Presidential election wrapped up in Azerbaijan on Wednesday evening with incumbent President Ilham Aliyev winning 86.03 percent of votes, according to the final results announced by the country's Central Election Commission.

"Against this backdrop and in the absence of pluralism, including in the media, the election lacked genuine competition".

Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry called the OSCE report "unfair and not objective", adding that it had complained directly to the monitors.

The National Council of Democratic Forces, an opposition group, claimed late Wednesday that only about 15 percent of the electorate voted, while Azerbaijan's elections commission reported the turnout at almost 75 percent.

The ruling New Azerbaijan Party claimed Aliyev's victory two hours after polls closed.

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Regular elections were supposed to be held in Azerbaijan in October 2018.

Azerbaijan adopted fresh controversial constitutional amendments in 2016, extending the president's term in office from five to seven years. Mr Aliyev, 56, has led Azerbaijan since 2003. He appointed his wife Mehriban first vice president, the second most powerful post after the president, in 2017.

Ilham Aliyev was re-elected in 2008 and 2013 in polls that were denounced by opposition parties as fraudulent.

But critics argue they have crushed opposition and used their power to fund a lavish lifestyle for themselves and their family.

The election was observed by 894 worldwide observers (61 organizations, 59 countries) and 58,175 local observers.

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