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Democratic elections and boycott in Azerbaijan #azerbaijan #elections #osce #odhir #eu

Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Although the major opposition parties, including Isa Qambar’s Musavat, boycotted the Parliamentary elections held on  November 1st 2015 in Azerbaijan accusing the government of “massive violations”, the ballot resulted in the  victory of Ilham Aliyev’s New Azerbaijan Party, which won 70 of the 125 seats in the National Assembly.

OSCE/ODHIR – which was previously invited by the Republic of Azerbaijan to observe the elections – was said to have no right to express any opinion about the democratic nature of the process, because it violated its mandate, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Elmar Mammadyarov said in a statement on November 3d.

While according to some accusers Azerbaijan didn’t create conditions for ODIHR to observe the elections, internal and international organizations have confirmed that the voting process in the polling stations was well organized.

Despite of this, some critics remember that Western governments are counting Azerbaijan as an alternative source of oil and gas to Russia, which could incite them to balance their criticism over human rights with strategic considerations.

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