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Azerbaijan's Opposition Gears Up To Give Aliyev Serious Challenge

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Azerbaijan hasn't had a competitive presidential election since Abulfaz Elchibey was voted into office in 1992. But the country's opposition political forces hope to change that when voters go the polls in October.

On Azerbaijan's Republic Day holiday last month, a wide swath of the country's opposition came together to form a National Council, headed by writer Rustam Ibragimbekov, 74, who won an Academy Award in 1995 for his script for the Russian film "Burnt by the Sun."

The National Council includes the Musavat Party, Ali Kerimli's Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, the El Movement, the Civil Solidarity Party, the Open Society Party of former parliament speaker Rasul Quliyev, and around 15 others.

This development, says Baku-based political analyst Huseynbala Salimov, has captured international attention and that of the Azerbaijani government.

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Robert Coalson contributed to this article from Prague and Richard Solash contributed from Washington.

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Azerbaijan's Opposition Gears Up To Give Aliyev Serious Challenge

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