OSCE had no objective reasons not to send delegation to Azerbaijani election – Lieberman
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 2
By Azad Hasanli - Trend:
The OSCE had no objective reasons not to send a delegation to Azerbaijan and not to confirm the democratic parliamentary election, former Israeli foreign minister and leader of "Israel Our Home" party Avigdor Lieberman said Nov. 2 at a press conference in Baku.
"Israel has repeatedly faced double standards and injustice," he said, adding that he also heard no complaints from the OSCE about democratic norms, for example, in Saudi Arabia.
"Everything that happens in relation to Azerbaijan is a biased and non-objective approach," said Lieberman.
He also said that for Israel, relations with Azerbaijan are an important part of foreign policy.
He went on to add that Azerbaijan has ensured the highest standards of the parliamentary election, which exist in the world.
"We were very impressed with the level of the parliamentary election [in Azerbaijan]," said Lieberman. "This was the election held in accordance with the highest standards on all criteria - level of turnout, organization, high quality and others. Equal rights have been provided for all citizens with different capabilities. It was a very transparent election. We are glad that the young republic has reached such a high level in holding election."
He also mentioned the high culture at the recent parliamentary election.
"We were present at the polling stations, where people behaved very politely," said the former head of the Israeli foreign ministry. "This applies to both observers and members of the election commissions and voters. Everyone was very polite and disciplined."
Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission (CEC) announced the results of the voting at the Azerbaijani parliamentary election held Nov. 1.
The election was declared valid at all the polling stations, and the voter turnout at the election was 55.7 percent. Over 2.89 million voters cast their ballots during the election, which is six percent more than in the previous election.
The names of leading candidates in all 125 constituencies were announced Nov.1.