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Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General Gets Third Term

Prosecutor-General Zakir Qaralov addresses the parliament.
BAKU -- The Azerbaijani parliament today approved a third consecutive five-year term for Prosecutor-General Zakir Qaralov, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

The vote was 103 in favor and six against.

Qaralov, 54, is an ethnic Azerbaijani who was born in Georgia. He is a close relative of Zahid Qaralov, a longtime parliament member and one of the founders of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party.

He worked as chief prosecutor in the city of Ganja before becoming prosecutor-general.

The law on the Prosecutor-General's Office was amended last year to permit one person to serve more than two consecutive terms in that post.

It followed a referendum on March 18, 2009, that amended the constitution to allow one person to be elected president more than twice under certain conditions.

Incumbent President Ilham Aliyev was reelected in 2008 for a second term that ends in late 2013.