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Azerbaijan's Aliyev eyes third term in poll

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Aliyev eyes third term in Azerbaijan’s polls

Azerbaijan voted in a presidential election on Wednesday that looks certain to see strongman Ilham Aliyev (in picture) seal a third term, with critics claiming a widespread crackdown on his foes ahead of the poll.

Despite refusing to campaign publicly, Aliyev appears a shoo-in as the authorities exert an iron grip over most media in the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet state.

The 51-year-old Aliyev came to power in a 2003 vote after the death of his father Heydar, a former KGB officer and Communist-era boss who ruled the Caspian Sea nation of 9.5 million people for the preceding 10 years.AFP


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