Celebrations among Azerbaijan’s ruling party after their man wins a third term as president.
There was little doubt that Ilham Aliyev would win – with his control over most levers of power and media outlets the only question was ‘by how much?’.
With most ballots counted he looks to have polled nearly 85 percent.
In a victory address Aliyev who has been in power for a decade vowed to continue serving his countrymen and defending the interests of Azerbaijan.”.
The main opposition candidate Jamil Hasanly polled five percent but claims he has evidence of election violations.
“We will be using the Azerbaijani constitution and the country’s legislation, as well as all the international conventions which Azerbaijan has signed, to prove this process was illegitimate,” he said.
However the election commission has given the vote a clean bill of health.
There is strong support for Aliyev in the oil rich country which has created a wealthy elite.
But Aliyev has faced much international criticism over his government’s treatment of critics with one rights group reporting that a pre-election crackdown doubled the number of political prisoners.