Rouhani congratulates Ilham Aliyev for reelection as Azerbaijan's pres.

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He said that the voting in the presidential election started at 08:00 and ended at 19:00 local time. He cemented his position with two referendums, one in 2009 that scrapped a two-term presidential limit and another in 2016 that extended the presidential term to seven years from five.

Opposition parties in the tightly controlled Caucasus nation have said the elections are a sham and accused the authorities of preparing to rig the vote.

In power for 15 years, Aliyev received 82.7 per cent of the vote, according to a government-commissioned exit poll, while the private French pollster Opinion Way said he garnered 86.5 per cent of the vote.

The Ukrainian president also invited his Azerbaijani counterpart to visit Ukraine.

Like his father before him, the son has cast himself as a custodian of stability, an image that resonates with many in a nation where memories of the chaos and turmoil that accompanied the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union are still fresh.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to Ilham Aliyev who won the presidential election in Azerbaijan, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

Aliyev has allied the majority Shia Muslim nation of nearly 10 million with the West, helping to protect its energy and security interests and to counterbalance Russia's influence in the strategic Caspian region. Turnout in the vote, held on April 11, was 74.5 per cent.

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