Azerbaijan's two main opposition parties on March 10 held a rally calling for a boycott of the presidential election that was moved forward to April 11.
The Musavat and the National Council of Democratic Forces have both announced they will not take part in the election after President Ilham Aliyev last month issued a decree bringing forward the date of the election to April 11 from the original date of October 17.
Azadlig Radio reported that several thousand people gathered on March 10 at the Mehsul stadium in the capital, Baku, to take part in the rally, jointly organized by the two parties and sanctioned by authorities. Musavat and National Council leaders addressed the gathering.
source: commonspace.eu with Azadlig Radio
photo: Opposiition leaders calling for a boycott of forthcoming presidential elections in Azerbaijan addressed supporters at a rally in Baku on 10 March (picture courtesy of Azadlig Radio)
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