President strengthens his power

Voters in Azerbaijan have voted in favor of strengthening the powers of president Ilham Aliyev by approving the lift of the two term limit for the president. In a referendum that was held on March 18 almost 90 percent of the turn-out voted for the amendments of the constitution. The opposition, who had called for a boycott, accuses Ilham Aliyev of aiming at presidency for life time.

Ilham Aliyev, who backed the amendments, succeeded his father as president of the oil rich country in 2003 and was re-elected in 2008. When his mandate ends in 2013, Aliyev is free to run for presidency as many times as he likes. Previous elections have received massive domestic and international criticism for irregularities.

Categories: News.
Tags: Corruption, Elections, and South Caucasus.