The Azerbaijan Central Elections Commission (CEC) has declared that Ilham Aliyev has won the presidential elections held in Azerbaijan on 11 April. The Central Elections Commission said that President Aliyev has gathered 86.09 percent of the vote.
The remaining votes were shared between seven other candidates as follows: Gudrat Hasanguliyev - 3.4 percent; Sardar Jalaloglu - 2.97 percent; Zahid Oruj - 3.07 percent; Hafiz Hajiyev - 1.51 percent; Araz Alizade - 1.4 percent; Faraj Guliyev - 1.18 and Razi Nurullayev - 0.74 percent.
According to the CEC voter turnout was 74.51 percent.
"Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe," Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs after they confirmed her in the post. She will take up her new role on November 1.
On Monday, 15 July, yet another incident occurred in the vicinity of the David Gareji Monastery which lies on a disputed area of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The monastery has turned from a place of worship to a flashpoint, with Georgian religious zealots trying to state their claim on the land as Georgian territory, and Azerbaijani border guards stopping them.