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Saturday, August 27, 2005


Namesake candidates to confuse Azerbaijan voters

From MosNews:

The opposition leader in Azerbaijan, Eldar Namazov, has two namesakes running for the parliament against him.

None of the two other Eldar Namazovs has previously been heard of on the Azeri political scene. One of them is a prison guard, the other a businessman, Reuters reported.

The opposition’s Namazov, a former presidential adviser, said the authorities were putting the two rivals on the ballot to split his vote as part of a dirty tricks campaign to rig the election in favor of the party of President Ilham Aliyev.

Namazov is now one of the leaders of the New Politics bloc. He said there were only 20 people with his name in the whole of Azerbaijan, so there was no coincidence in the namesakes’ appearance in the election slate. “I view the fact these two ’clones’ are running in my district as a compliment from the authorities. Such methods are used against candidates with a good chance of victory,” he said.

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