Azerbaijan president cements power in boycotted parliamentary polls

Azery soldiers vote in Baku on November 1, 2015, during an Azerbaijan election that opposition parties and international observers dismissed as less than fairAzerbaijan’s ruling party won an outright majority Sunday in parliamentary polls that were boycotted by the mainstream opposition, near-complete results showed, cementing strongman President Ilham Aliyev’s grip on power. The Central Election Commission said Aliyev’s Yeni (New) Azerbaijan party took at least 69 seats in the country’s 125-seat parliament, with 91 percent of votes counted. International rights groups have cast doubt on the election, accusing the government of jailing political opponents on trumped-up charges and limiting parties’ ability to campaign in the ex-Soviet state.

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