Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Azerbaijan maintains constructive, friendly relations with SCO members: Ilham Aliyev

Azerbaijan's incumbent president set up for easy re-election Azerbaijan's Aliyev seeks to extend 15-year rule in election
| 13 April, 2018, 06:54

Azerbaijanis turned out yesterday to cast their ballots in 5.641 polling stations to elect their president among 8 candidates, included Aliyev.

But the only real candidate was considered current president Ilham Aliyev.

The election commission said turnout was about 75 percent and there were no complaints about irregularities. Some opposition parties boycotted the election, citing a non-competitive environment, while others not participating said the early election date left them with insufficient time to do so meaningfully.

The presidential election originally was scheduled for the fall.

Not a single election held in Azerbaijan since Aliyev came to power in 2003 has been recognised as free and fair by global observers.

Mr Aliyev has led the country since 2003, when he succeeded his father. In this election the people of Azerbaijan voted for stability, security, development, prosperity, and highly appreciated what has been done over the past 15 years.


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

Cementing his family's decades-long grip on power, the president previous year appointed his wife Mehriban Aliyeva as first vice president.

The election that had been due in the autumn was moved up to April.

Supporters have praised the Aliyevs for turning a republic once thought of as an ex-Soviet backwater into a flourishing energy supplier to Europe.

Highly restrictive laws related to the media challenge the freedoms of expression and the press, and extend also to website and social media content. Defamation is a criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment and with additional penalties for defamation of the president, further limiting the freedom of expression key to political campaigning, the observers said.

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