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Azerbaijan: Parliamentary Elections Yield a Lone Opposition Voice

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev casts his ballot in the country’s parliamentary elections. (Photo: Presidential Press Service, Azerbaijan)

With the preliminary results in, Azerbaijan’s November 7 parliamentary voting saw only one clear opposition candidate gain a seat in the country’s 125-member parliament. Independent election monitors say they observed numerous irregularities during the voting.

Preliminary vote results, announced in the early hours of November 8, gave 72 seats out of a total of 125 to President Ilham Aliyev’s Yeni Azerbaijan Party. Aliyev’s wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, won reelection with a reported 94.49 percent of the vote – the highest show of support for any candidate, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced (CEC).

Ten new parties will be represented in parliament with an additional 13 deputies; only one of them -- İgbal Agazade of the Umid (Hope) Party – is known for taking critical views of the government.

None of the 40 candidates from Azerbaijan’s main opposition bloc -- the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) and Musavat Party – won enough votes to enter parliament, according to the CEC.

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Khadija Ismayilova is a freelance reporter based in Baku.

Azerbaijan: Parliamentary Elections Yield a Lone Opposition Voice

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