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AZERBAIJAN

Aliyev Wins Nearly 90% of Vote
BAKU -- Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has won a landslide re-election in a vote boycotted by the top opposition parties and that OSCE monitors described as lacking competition and failing to fully meet the nation's international commitments.
 
With 70 percent of precincts counted, Aliyev won 89 percent of Wednesday's vote, elections chief Mazahir Panahov said.
 
The vote marked "significant progress, but didn't meet all commitments," Boris Frlec, head of the monitoring mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told a news conference.
 
Without waiting for full official results or the OSCE's assessment, President Dmitry Medvedev called Aliyev on Thursday to congratulate him on a "confident" victory. Russia has often bickered with the OSCE over its election assessments.

(The Moscow Times 19.x.08)