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Hurled Bottle Derails Azeri Presidential Debate


Hurled Bottle Derails Azeri Presidential Debate
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Nine of Azerbaijan's 10 presidential candidates were on hand for the September 19 debate, plus a representative who read a statement for incumbent candidate President Ilham Aliyev. But things spiraled out of control when Hafiz Haciyev began to shout and gesture threateningly toward the main opposition hopeful, Camil Hasanli, who continued to try to make his point before Haciyev stood up and threw a plastic water bottle that glanced off the table in front of Hasanli. Haciyev was then escorted from the studio. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

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