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Azerbaijan Opposition Says 2 Campaign Managers Detained


Officials with two opposition parties in Azerbaijan say police have detained their campaign managers just ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election.

Democratic Party officials say their manager, Faramaz Javadov was detained late Thursday by plainclothes police in a raid at the party's campaign headquarters.

Officials with the National Front Party also say their campaign manager, Gabil Mammadrzayev was detained, but later released.

Authorities in Azerbaijan have not verified the detentions.

Authorities have accused Democratic Party leader Rasul Guliyev of plotting a coup. Mr. Guliyev, in exile, says authorities are trying to rig the vote.

International human rights groups have criticized official preparations for Azerbaijan's elections.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.