The president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev announced today early presidential elections for February 7, 2024, according to a statement from his office.
The 61-year-old Aliyev, who was re-elected in 2018 for another seven-year term, during which largely suppressed any voice of opposition, he is almost certain to be re-elected.
Elections were scheduled for 2025, but Aliyev appears keen to capitalize on his popularity, which is at an all-time high since the recapture of Nagorno-Karabakh.
In September the Azeri president ordered a blitzkrieg operation to retake Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that belongs to Azerbaijan but is majority-Armenian. Since then almost all of the enclave’s inhabitants, 100,000 of the 120,000 people, have fled to Armenia. This was the second successful attack on the enclave in three years.
75% of Azeris approve of the way he managed the crisis, according to a poll by the country’s social research center.
Ilham Aliyev has ruled Azerbaijan since 2003when he succeeded his father Heydar, with an iron fist.
Source: News Beast
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