Preliminary Results: Ilham Aliyev Wins 86% of Votes In Presidential Election

Preliminary Results: Ilham Aliyev Wins 86% of Votes In Presidential Election

The Yeni Azerbaycan Party, together with the Automobile Federation of Azerbaijan, didn't wait for the final results of the elections: they organised a street vehicle race in downtown Baku in order to celebrate Aliyev's victory.

Particular attention was paid to the organization of the sixth meeting of the Council of Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan as part of the Azerbaijani leader's expected visit to Ukraine.

"The Turkish President congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on his landslide victory in the presidential election, and wished him new successes in his presidential activities for the prosperity of the people of Azerbaijan", according to a press release issued by Azerbaijan's presidency.

"The amounts of oil are falling and the amounts of gas will be quite modest, so I expect to see some kind of rebalancing of the relationship between Azerbaijan and the West in the next few years", said Thomas de Waal, from Carnegie Europe.

"Voters have made the right choice, and this choice is Ilham Aliyev", said Ali Akhmedov, the party's senior official. The voter turnout reached almost 75%.

Not a single election held in Azerbaijan since Aliyev came to power in 2003 has been recognised as free and fair by worldwide observers.

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They also condemned Aliyev's surprise - and unexplained - decision to hold the election six months ahead of schedule, saying it was aimed at shortening the campaign period and hampering efforts to stop vote-rigging.

Mr Aliyev, 56, has led Azerbaijan since 2003.

Aliyev has cemented his position with two referendums, one in 2009 that scrapped a two-term presidential limit and another in 2016 that extended the presidential term to seven years from five.

Seven candidates ran, but critics questioned whether they were actual opponents.

The OSCE monitors will present their observations at a news conference on Thursday.

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