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Azerbaijan's Opposition Rallies for Political Change

Azerbaijan's three main opposition parties have held their second mass protest in two weeks.

Thousands demonstrated Saturday in Baku demanding free and fair parliamentary elections in November and President Ilham Aliyev's resignation.

Inspired by Ukraine's peaceful "orange revolution" democracy movement, an estimated 20,000 Azeri demonstrators chanted slogans in the capital's main square. Many wore orange clothing and waved orange banners.

President Aliyev came to power in 2003 in an election after the death of his father, long-time ruler Heydar Aliyev. Opponents contend the election was rigged.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region is holding elections today to fill all 33 seats in a regional legislature.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.