Published: Sun, April 15, 2018

Azerbaijan: Ilham Aliyev wins presidential election

Azerbaijan: Ilham Aliyev wins presidential election

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that Azerbaijani people have again demonstrated great confidence in him.

"I am sure that your activity at the presidential post will further strengthen the country's economic strength and its worldwide authority and promote the all-round development of friendly Belarus-Azerbaijan relations", Lukashenko stressed.

"I wish you new success in this responsible post on the path to the prosperity of fraternal Azerbaijan and successful implementation of all the plans", the Kazakh leader wrote. This support is the main condition for our development.

Aliyev said that Azerbaijan-SCO relations are based on common history and interests, noting that Azerbaijan considers the SCO as an organization which plays important role in the global area, and hailed its contribution to the establishment of stability around the world.

Aliyev, who has been in power for 15 years, addressed the nation on Wednesday evening, thanking Azerbaijanis for "support and trust". Azerbaijan's worldwide influence is growing, we managed to take a worthy standing on the global scale.

Aliyev's foreign policy aide, Novruz Mamedov, said on Facebook: "Circulation of a report that has been prepared in a disrespect to voters, people, their will and choice". "Our principled position is being reinforced". This conflict should be resolved within the territorial integrity of our country and there is no other way. Life is returning, people are returning to the lands liberated from occupation.

The presidential election that had been due in the fall was moved up to April.

Alimov, in turn, congratulated Aliyev on his landslide victory in the presidential election and extended his gratitude for invitation to monitor the voting.

De Waal commented: "The EU doesn't really have much strong capacity here, it doesn't speak with a single voice and I think the priority countries for the EU in this region are Georgia and Ukraine. We rank 35th in terms of competitiveness", he added.

Our policy has always centered on the Azerbaijani citizen, his problems, concerns, his well-being. The current head of state scored 86% of the vote. Azerbaijan is implementing huge energy and transport projects.

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