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Incumbent Ilham Aliyev's easy election victory prompts violence in Azerbaijan

 Incumbent Ilham Aliyev's easy election victory prompts violence in Azerbaijan
 
People attend an opposition rally in Baku, 12 October, 2013 Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

Earlier this month, presidential elections were held in Azerbaijan, the oil-producing former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea.  Incumbent President Ilham Aliyev, who has ruled over the predominantly Shia Muslim nation of 9 million since 2003, easily secured a third term winning around 85% of the vote. His closest challenger and only real opposition candidate, 61-year old historian Jamil Hasanli, received just fewer than 6%. Aliyev has been widely criticised for corruption and human rights violations and the elections themselves were the subject of fierce debate between the government, citizens and international observers.

 

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