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Azerbaijani Ex-President Allowed To Seek Deputy Seat


http://gdb.rferl.org/A384E2DD-7ECD-491E-9219-D9F9139AAA2F_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/A384E2DD-7ECD-491E-9219-D9F9139AAA2F_mw800_mh600.jpg Ayaz Mutalibov (file photo) (official site) 5 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Election officials in Azerbaijan's capital today authorized former President Ayaz Mutalibov to run as a candidate in the 6 November parliamentary elections.


Mutalibov, who is wanted in Azerbaijan for his alleged failure to prevent the loss of territory to Armenian forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, has been living in Russia since his resignation in 1992.


Another prominent political exile, former parliamentary speaker Rasul Quliyev, was registered as a candidate last month.


The Council of Europe, of which Azerbaijan is a member, has long demanded that both Quliyev and Mutalibov be allowed to take part in Azerbaijan's political life. But the Prosecutor-General's Office has warned that both men would be arrested as soon as they come back to the country. T


he secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, who is on a visit to Baku, today insisted that the upcoming parliamentary polls should be free and fair.


(Turan/day.az)

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