Presidential Elections to Further Improve Azerbaijan’s International Image: Department Head of Presidential Administration
Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 October / Trend , corr. I.Alizade / Official Baku considers that the presidential elections will further improve Azerbaijan's international image and strengthen its position. "The presidential elections, processes in the country and existing stability will yield their results in the international scale soon," Novruz Mammadov, Head of Foreign Relations Department of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, told Trend on 17 October.
Seven candidates run for presidency at the 15 October presidential elections including Ilham Aliyev, chairman of Ruling New Azerbaijan Party, Igbal Agazade, chairman of opposition Umid (Hope) Party, Fazil Gazanfaroglu, chairman of Great Establishment Party, Gudrat Hasanguliyev, chairman of Unified Popular Front Party, Hafiz Hajiyev, chairman of Muasir Musavat Party, Fuad Aliyev, chairman of Liberal Democrat Party and independent candidate Gulamhuseyn Alibayli.
Already 99.8% of the protocols has been calculated. Chairman of ruling New Azerbaijan Party, current State Head Ilham Aliyev won the elections, gaining 88.73% of votes.
Mammadov said that holding the presidential elections in a free, democratic and transparent manner will positively affect Azerbaijan's rating and influence and cause necessary adequate assessment for country's role in the international scale. "Continuing Heydar Aliyev's policy, by this election, the President Ilham Aliyev has strongly formed and strengthened his influence and rating in the world," he said.
He said that the presidential election is a historically important event for any country, including Azerbaijan. Mammadov stated that the presidential elections presented concerns for neither Azeri people nor power. "It was possible to consider this election the border of the end of a period, which is very important for people and government, and beginning of a new stage. Both people and President Ilham Aliyev successfully passed this," he said.
Mammadov said that the assessment of the international organizations regarding the elections was good in principle.
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