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No surprises expected as Azerbaijan goes to the polls


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No surprises expected as Azerbaijan goes to the polls

Azerbaijan is holding its sixth presidential election since independence and President Ilham Aliyev looks sure to be re-elected for a third five-year-term.

Two main opposition parties will be putting up a joint candidate for the first time – they boycotted the 2008 elections – but international observers think it will make little difference.

With the entire resources of the state behind him and zero tolerance for dissent, it is anticipated President Aliyev could poll at least 90 percent of the vote.

That is despite growth in the oil rich country slowing down and mounting discontent over a widening gap between rich and poor.

Results are due to be announced within ten days of polling.

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