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Candidates for the Azerbaijani parliament are demanding a new round of voting
Candidates for the Azerbaijani parliament who disputed the results of the November 6 elections are demanding a new round of voting, a draft statement of the opposition forum said Wednesday. "We do not recognize the results of elections that were falsified by the authorities, and we demand a new vote in accordance with the laws and the country's Constitution," the statement said. The draft document, which could be signed by almost 500 parliamentary candidates who have joined the forum, also criticizes the lack of transparency at the elections, and claims the authorities did not create equal opportunities for all candidates. During the November 6 elections, Azerbaijani ruling party Yeni Azerbaijan (new Azerbaijan) gained a majority in the country's parliament, the Milli Majlis, taking 63 seats out of 125. Independent candidates won 40 seats, the oppositionist Musavat Party four seats, and the Civil Solidarity and Ana Vatan (Motherland) parties won two seats each. The oppositionist Popular Front Party, the Umid (Hope) Party, and four other parties won one seat each. Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission has annulled the results of the vote in four electoral districts. It will continue to review the complaints filed by the candidates until November 26. Following that, the final revision of the document will be submitted to Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court, which will have 10 days to conclude whether it meets the provisions of the Electoral code.
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