Opposition party leaders and activists arrested before protest against Azerbaijan’s election result

epa08205685 A woman votes at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Baku, Azerbaijan, 09 February 2020. Azerbaijan holds early parliamentary elections after President Ilham Aliyev dissolved the parliament in December 2019. EPA-EFE/AZIZ KARIMOV

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Police in Azerbaijan detained three opposition party leaders and more than 100 activists on Sunday before they were due to take part in a protest against the results of last week’s national election, which have been questioned by international observers.

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) party won 72 out of 125 seats in the single-chamber parliament last Sunday, with nearly all other seats going to small parties and independents loyal to President Ilham Aliyev.

On Tuesday the police detained more than 20 opposition and independent candidates protesting against snap parliamentary election results that were also criticized by international observers.

Protesters wrapped in blankets were sitting on the pavement outside Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) building when riot police detained all participants and put them on buses.

Via Reuters / New York Times 

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