US Department of State makes statement on recent opposition rally
Washington condemned the violent breakup of what was a peaceful protest, Sean McCormack, an official representative of US Department of State, stated. He was commenting on the actions by the Azerbaijani law-enforcement bodies on the opposition rally staged by Azadlyg bloc over last weekend (26 November).
вЂњWe expect the Azerbaijan Government will hold to account those responsible for the violence against peaceful protestors,вЂќ McCormack said.
Touching upon the 6 November parliamentary elections the OSCE has spoken to the fact that the electoral -- the election process did not meet fully all -- international standards for a free and fair election.
вЂњOnce we have completed the election process -- and I expect that to happen in the not too distant future, to have an overall assessment about the electoral process. But before all the results are certified and all the final investigations are taken -- take place with regard to allegations of fraud, I don't think we can come to any final, final -- put a period at the end of the sentence on these elections quite yet,вЂќ he underlined.
The same time there have been some developments that we would note. I put out one, for example, on which the government has fired several individuals who were found to be involved in fraudulent voting. That is certainly positive, he underscored