Ilham Aliyev Is Sworn In As Azerbaijani President
Ilham Aliyev has been sworn in for his third term as Azerbaijan's president. The inauguration ceremony took place on October 19 at the country's parliament. Pan-European rights watchdog, the OSCE condemned his election as "seriously flawed," saying it was marred by a "restrictive media environment" and allegations of intimidation. Baku, however, dismissed the criticism as "biased" and entirely based on information provided by the opposition. Aliyev has held power since 2003, when he succeeded his father, longtime ruler Heydar Aliyev.