Baku: Azerbaijan’s incumbent President Ilham Aliyev won a total of 88.73% of the votes cast in last week’s election, according to the final results published Sunday by the central electoral commission.
Six other candidates in the oil-rich former Soviet state -- all loyal to the authorities -- lagged far behind, with none of them getting more than 3% votes, said the head of the electoral commission Mazakhir Panakhov.
Second-placed Iqbal Agazade won 2.86% while Fazil Gazanfaroglou trailed in third with 2.47%, Panakhov added.
The commission’s results are expected to be ratified by the constitutional court within the next four days, paving the way for Aliyev to be sworn in for a second term in office.
The Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE), a democracy watchdog, has said that the poll last Wednesday did not reflect democratic principles although the United States welcomed “progress” compared to previous ballots.
The 46-year-old Aliyev was first elected in 2003 with some 77% of votes. He succeeded his father, Heydar Aliyev, who died the same year after leading the former Soviet republic for a decade.
Aliyev junior has benefited from soaring oil revenues that have seen Azerbaijan’s corruption-riddled economy rank among the fastest-growing in the world.