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Azerbaijan election: Aliyev on course for landslide victory, opposition cries foul


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Azerbaijan election: Aliyev on course for landslide victory, opposition cries foul

In Azerbaijan’s election, exit polls point to a huge victory for President Ilham Aliyev, who has been in power since 2003.

Polls closed at 14:00 (GMT). Initial data suggests that Aliyev has won more than more than 80 percent of the vote.

Jamil Hasanli, who stood against him as the main opposition candidate, said the election was not handled fairly.

“People have been out voting without any violations, but there are others who’re trying to falsify the whole election process,” Hasanli told reporters.

Human rights groups have also said that vote-rigging took place, alleging that public sector workers were given ballots that had already been filled in.

Hundreds of international observers from the Organisation for Security and Coooperation in Europe (OSCE) are in Azerbaijan to monitor the vote, but have not yet commented on how it has been handled.

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