February 5, 2018 / 7:45 AM / a year ago

Azerbaijan brings forward date of presidential election to April 11: decree

FILE PHOTO - Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 23, 2018 REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan has brought forward the date of a planned presidential election to April 11 from Oct. 17, a decree issued by the office of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said on Monday.

Aliyev, in power since succeeding his father in 2003, has been nominated as the ruling party’s candidate for the election for what would be his fourth term. So far there are no other candidates.

Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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