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19 Oct, 2008 17:28

Azeri President wins landslide re-election

Azerbaijan's President has won almost 90 per cent of the vote in an election to secure another five-year term as head of the oil-rich Caspian state. The European Parliament and CIS monitors said the vote was open and transparent, and met international sta

Six candidates ran against Ilkham Aliyev, but none was considered to have a chance of denying the incumbent a second term.

Wednesday's vote passed quietly despite a boycott by the main opposition parties, claiming fraud.

Hundreds of Aliyev's supporters have been on the streets celebrating the win.