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Azerbaijan's President Says November Vote Will Be Democratic


Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, says his country's November 6 parliamentary elections will be democratic.

Mr. Aliyev says he believes the election process is moving forward successfully. Speaking in Kurdamir, west of Baku, Mr. Aliyev added that anyone who tries to use the election for what he called disgraceful goals or to make complications for Azerbaijan will fail.

Western countries consider the elections a test of Azerbaijan's commitment to democracy. Opposition politicians have voiced concerns the vote will not be free and fair and accuse authorities of planning to rig the election.

Saturday, riot police clashed with opposition protesters in Baku, and detained as many as 100 demonstrators. A week earlier, Azerbaijani security forces prevented another opposition rally from taking place.

Some information in this report provided by AP.

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