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Azerbaijani Governors Fired for Election Vote Count Fraud


Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has fired two regional governors for interfering with the vote count in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Azerbaijani officials say the president dismissed the governors of the Surakhani, Natiq Mehdiyev, and Sabirabad, Ashtraf Mammadov, regions amid international criticism of the balloting.

Earlier, more than 15,000 opposition supporters marched peacefully through the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, to demand new parliamentary elections.

The protesters carried orange flags Wednesday, a reminder of last year's Orange Revolution that brought a democratically-elected government to power in Ukraine. Some also called for the resignation of Mr. Aliyev.

Tuesday, Azerbaijan's election commission threw out the results in two districts and ordered a recount in a third. But officials say the overall results will still give President Aliyev's ruling party control of parliament.

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe say the election failed to meet international standards for democracy.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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