Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Georgian PM congratulates Ilham Aliyev on re-election as Azerbaijani president

Georgian PM congratulates Ilham Aliyev on re-election as Azerbaijani president

"He got 86.09 percent of votes", Mazahir Panahov, the Central Election Commission chairman told a news conference.

Aliyev said that Azerbaijan-SCO relations are based on common history and interests, noting that Azerbaijan considers the SCO as an organization which plays important role in the global area, and hailed its contribution to the establishment of stability around the world. On behalf of the Turkish people and on my own behalf, I convey to you the most honest congratulations in connection with your re-election as the Azerbaijani president in the election held on April 11. Some opposition parties boycotted the election, citing a non-competitive environment, while others not participating said the early election date left them with insufficient time to do so meaningfully. According to exit-poll results, more than 80 per cent of voters cast their ballot for Ilham Aliyev.

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The National Council of Democratic Forces, an opposition group, claimed late Wednesday that only about 15 percent of the electorate voted, while Azerbaijan's elections commission reported the turnout at almost 75 percent.

The election that had been due in the autumn was moved up to April.

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First elected in October 2003, two months before the death of his father, Heydar Aliyev, who ruled for 10 years, Ilham Aliyev was re-elected in 2008 and 2013 - all votes that global observers said fell short of democratic standards. Monitors, including the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, were watching the vote.

Aliyev's been lapping up a boom fueled by oil exports, but a slump in global crude prices has weakened the Azeri currency and hit the economy.

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