Azerbaijan opposition group says it will boycott presidential election

Hasanly, the presidential candidate from the united opposition, speaks at a news conference in Baku
FILE PHOTO - Jamil Hasanly, the presidential candidate from the united opposition, speaks at a news conference in Baku October 10, 2013. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

February 6, 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jamil Hasanly, head of the Azerbaijan opposition coalition the National Council of Democratic Forces, told Reuters on Tuesday the coalition will boycott a presidential election scheduled for April 11.

The organization that Hasanly leads is one of two major opposition forces in Azerbaijan. On Monday, the office of President Ilham Aliev issued a decree bringing forward the date of the election, which had previously been scheduled for Oct. 17.

(Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Kevin Liffey)