February 6, 2018 / 8:41 AM / a month ago

Azerbaijan opposition group says it will boycott presidential election

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.

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

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

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