Ilham Aliev, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko (from left to right). Photo by Aziz Karimov for the Caucasian Knot, http://putin.kremlin.ru/, http://president.gov.by/

12 April 2018, 05:20

Ilham Aliev ahead of Putin and Lukashenko by percentage of votes gained at election

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev has been re-elected for his fourth term with a higher result than Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, his Russian and Belarusian colleagues, respectively.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in the evening on April 11, the Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) announced the preliminary results of the voting at the early presidential election in Azerbaijan. The preliminary result gained by Ilham Aliev was 86.09% with the turnout of 74.51%, the chair of the Azerbaijani CEC reports.

No one ever doubted that Ilham Aliev would win the extraordinary presidential election and would rule Azerbaijan for other seven years, until 2025. This will be the fourth term of the Ilham Aliev's presidency.

According to the CEC of Russia, during the presidential election held on March 18, Vladimir Putin, also elected for the fourth term, has gained 76.69% of the votes with the turnout of 67.5%.

The preliminary data announced by the CEC of Azerbaijan indicate that Ilham Aliev "outscored" Vladimir Putin by about 10% of the votes, while the total turnout in Azerbaijan was 7% higher than in Russia.

Another example of an irremovable head of state in the post-Soviet space is Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, who has held office since 1994.

After the election held in October 2015, the fifth five-year presidential term began for Alexander Lukashenko. As a result of the election, Alexander Lukashenko gained 83.47% of the votes with the turnout of 87.22%, reports the website of the Central Election Commission of Belarus.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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