Azerbaijan hands Aliyev longer term in office

By | September 27, 2016

BAKU: Azerbaijan has voted in a referendum to extend the presidential term from five to seven years, election authorities said on Tuesday, a step critics say will hand unprecedented powers to President Ilham Aliyev who has led the country since 2003.

The State Election Commission said a vast majority of the 91.2 percent of voters who turned out had supported the extension of the presidential term. “The referendum was conducted in a transparent manner,” Mazakhir Panakhov, commission head, said.

(Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Margarita Antidze and Richard Balmforth)

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