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Azerbaijan’s leader Ilham Aliyev has claimed victory in presidential polls, thanking the Azeri people for electing him to a third term. With about three-quarters of the votes counted Aliyev had won nearly 85%, the national election commission said. The president called the election a “triumph of democracy”, but opposition groups alleged widespread fraud.  Aliyev inherited the presidency from his father in 2003. He has stifled dissent and scrapped term limits. So confident was he of victory on Wednesday, he did not run a campaign.  

“Azerbaijan will continue successfully to develop as a democratic country,” Aliyev said in a pre-recorded TV address. “The fact that this election was free and transparent is another serious step towards democracy.”

Grupe za ljudska prava kažu kako je u vrijeme pred izbore vlada pokrenula neviđenu borbu protiv svojih kritičara. Ali politička oporba u zemlji od devet milijuna također je ojačana prosperitetom, a naftno bogatstvo više je nego udvostručenje bruto domaćeg proizvoda.

With 75% of the votes counted, the share for the main opposition candidate, Jamil Hasanli, stood at just 5.2%, the election commission said. Hasanli, a 61-year-old history professor, represents a coalition of parties. He told reporters earlier in the day that his campaign had witnessed “cases of ballot stuffing at a number of polling stations”.

“Regrettably, many government officials are involved in falsification, becoming accomplices of a grave crime,” he was quoted as saying.

Opposition activists circulated photos and videos appearing to show individuals casting multiple ballots – though these could not be verified.

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Alijev, koji uživa ogromnu moć nakon što je naslijedio predsjedništvo od oca u 2003-u, ukinuo je dvostruku predsjedničku granicu na kontroverznom referendumu u 2009-u.

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