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Azerbaijan's president fires security minister

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev speaks during a news conference at the 2014 Tbilisi Summit May 6, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

BAKU (Reuters) - Azeri President Ilham Aliyev fired his National Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov in a surprise move two weeks ahead of a parliamentary election.

No reason was given for the dismissal, which was announced in a presidential decree. Officials declined to comment.

Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Christian Lowe

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