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Azerbaijan's presidential elections begin amid opposition claims of unfairness Azerbaijan incumbent wins presidential election amid boycott
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Opinion surveys have put support for President Ilham Aliyev at over 80 percent Ilham Aliyev has secured 86 percent of the vote so far with 94 percent of votes counted
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<strong>Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">expected to win</a> a fourth consecutive term by a landslide in a snap election on April 11 that opponents say is rigged.</strong> <strong>Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev won a fourth consecutive term by a landslide in a snap election on April 11 that opponents said was rigged (<a href="https://www.afp.com/en/news/824/azerbaijans-aliyev-wins-election-boycotted-opposition-doc-13v6bc8">AFP</a>).</strong>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Opinion surveys have put support for the incumbent at over 80 percent (<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/easy-re-election-seen-for-azerbaijani-president-in-snap-vote/2018/04/09/d4d38eb4-3c39-11e8-955b-7d2e19b79966_story.html?utm_term=.54f633876370"><em>Washington Post</em></a>) and opposition parties say they are boycotting the elections because of Aliyev’s record. </span> Aliyev has secured 86 percent of the vote so far, with 94 percent of votes counted, the Central Election Commission said in a statement. (<em><a href="https://www.afp.com/en/news/824/azerbaijans-aliyev-wins-election-boycotted-opposition-doc-13v6bc8">AFP</a></em>). Election turnout was 74.5 percent it added.
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Under his watch police have used violence to break up opposition demonstrations, leading the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17045697"> to say</a> previous elections fell far short of international standards. Journalists critical of the government<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17043424"> risk arrest and imprisonment. </a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aliyev and his supporters <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">deny</a> allegations of vote fraud or suppressing opposition.</span>  The main o<span style="font-weight: 400;">pposition parties boycotted the election because of Aliyev’s record. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under his watch police have violently broken up opposition demonstrations, leading the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17045697"> to say</a> that previous elections fell far short of international standards. Journalists critical of the government<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17043424"> risk arrest and imprisonment. </a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aliyev and his supporters <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">deny</a> allegations of vote fraud or suppressing the opposition.</span>
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first foreign leader to congratulate Aliyev on his victory (<em><a href="https://www.afp.com/en/news/824/azerbaijans-aliyev-wins-election-boycotted-opposition-doc-13v6bc8">AFP</a></em>).
<span style="font-weight: 400;">While Aliyev's New Azerbaijan Party government has long been criticized in the West (<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/easy-re-election-seen-for-azerbaijani-president-in-snap-vote/2018/04/09/d4d38eb4-3c39-11e8-955b-7d2e19b79966_story.html?utm_term=.54f633876370"><em>Washington Post</em></a>), the country has huge energy reserves and it is<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ"> seen by Europe</a> as an important alternative to Russia for energy supplies.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">While Aliyev's New Azerbaijan Party government has long been criticized in the West (<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/easy-re-election-seen-for-azerbaijani-president-in-snap-vote/2018/04/09/d4d38eb4-3c39-11e8-955b-7d2e19b79966_story.html?utm_term=.54f633876370"><em>Washington Post</em></a>), the country has huge energy reserves and it is<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ"> seen by Europe</a> as an important alternative to Russia for energy supplies.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Aliyev won his first presidential election in 2003, succeeding his father who ruled for three decades. Since then, two referendum outcomes have <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">passed</a> which scrapped a two-term limit for presidents, and another that lengthened terms of office from five to seven years.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Aliyev won his first presidential election in 2003, succeeding his father who ruled for three decades. Since then, two referendum outcomes have <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">passed</a> which scrapped a two-term limit for presidents, and another that lengthened terms of office from five to seven years.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">Aliyev's supporters said</a> he brought today's election, on April 11, forward from October 17 in order to avoid presidential and parliamentary elections clashing in 2025.</span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-azerbaijan-election/azerbaijans-aliyev-eyes-fourth-term-in-presidential-election-idUSKBN1HH3CJ">Aliyev's supporters said</a> he brought the election forward from October 17 in order to avoid presidential and parliamentary elections clashing in 2025. His opponents say his aim was to shorten the campaign period and prevent efforts to stop vote rigging (<em><a href="https://www.afp.com/en/news/824/azerbaijans-aliyev-wins-election-boycotted-opposition-doc-13v6bc8">AFP</a></em>).</span>
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