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Azerbaijani opposition holds rally in support of its candidate at election

September 22, 2013, 20:25 UTC+3

Law and order at the rally and on the city streets was guarded by reinforced police patrols

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BAKU, September 22 (Itar-Tass) - Rally in support of the united candidate for presidency nominated by the Azerbaijani opposition brought together from 2,000 to 4,000 people at a stadium in downtown Baku Sunday night.

Law and order at the rally and on the city streets was guarded by reinforced police patrols.

The united candidate supported by the National Council of Democratic Forces is Camil Hansali, a 61-year-old historian.

Leaders of the oppositionist Popular Front and Musawat parties Ali Kerimli and Isa Hambar, who spoke at the rally, expressed the confidence that the opposition candidate would win the presidential election due in October. They urged the nationwide electorate to vote for Hansali.

In spite of the promises given during the televised debates, Hansali did not reveal his election platform at the rally. He confined his speech to general criticism of the authorities, accusing them of corruption and inability to resolve the problem mostly Armenian-populated enclave region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Hansali claimed that solution of the problems would begin in the country in practical terms upon his coming to power.

Upon the results of the meeting, a resolution demanding release of political prisoners and normal conditions for Hansali’s meetings with voters in the provinces was passed.

Camil Hansali, 61, a historian, was nominated by the National Congress of Democratic Forces after the Central Electoral Commission had refused to register the initial unified candidate, the famous scriptwriter and dramatist Rusam Ibragimbekov. The reason for denial was the man’s dual citizenship /Azerbaijani and Russian/.

Hansali was elected deputy of Milli Meclis, the national parliament, twice - in 2000 and in 2005.

The ballots that the Azerbaijani voters will cast on October 9 will contain the names of ten candidates, including the incumbent head of state, Ilham Aliyev. Analysts say he has the biggest chances for emerging victorious from the voting.


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