Three days after the disputed parliamentary elections, supporters of Azerbaijan’s opposition take to the streets. Reports of fraud have triggered the protests over the vote which handed President Ilham Aliyev a huge majority.
A day of protests are planned in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku aimed at trying to get the vote annulled.
But although President Aliyev has been stung by the critisism both at home and abroad, he continues to claim that although there were some problems the vote was fair.
However, the Central Election Commission has ordered re-runs in two disputed constituencies and have said they are looking at reports of serious fraud in others.
Despite the day of action planned by the opposition, analysts are not expecting a ukraine-style orange revolution.The opposition has been described as beng far from well organised…. hense the delay in mounting a street protest.
And the West is keen to see stability in the ex-Soviet country which is strategically important with its extensve Caspian Sea oil reserves.