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Friday, July 01, 2005


Azerbaijan opposition calls for election commission reform

From Bloomberg:

Azerbaijan opposition leader Isa Gambar called for the government of President Ilham Aliyev to ensure fair elections for parliament in November by loosening its grip on the national election oversight body.

``The No. 1 issue here is the Central Election Commission,'' Gambar said from Baku in a telephone interview today translated from Russian. ``Right now it falls under the complete control of the government.''

Gambar, 48, said the Musavat Party he heads has joined forces with the Azerbaijan Democratic Party and the Popular Front to push for the changes, including broader representation on the election panel. The opposition will rally in Baku's Victory Square on July 10, and Gambar said he expects as many as 40,000 people to show up.

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