Voters choose new parliament in Azerbaijan

November 8, 2010 03:02

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Nearly 700 candidates competed Sunday for the 125 seats in the single chamber of the parliament of Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former Soviet republic that is under the firm hold of President Ilham Aliyev and his party.

There were a wide range of parties represented, and about half the candidates ran as independents, but the main rivalry was between Aliyev's YAP party and the opposition block Musavat.Central Election Commission chairman Mazahir Panahov, speaking on state television, expressed his hope that the elections would be transparent and democratic. Preliminary results were expected Monday.

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