World Bulletin/News Desk
Voting in Azerbaijan began early Wednesday - the seventh presidential elections since Azerbaijan gained independence from Russia in 1991.
President Ilham Aliyev, who has been in power for ten years is widely tipped to win another five years from citizens of the oil and gas rich nation.
The elections are being monitored by about 52 thousand national and a thousand foreign observers from around 100 different countries.
The other nine approved candidates running for presidency in Wednesday's polls include opposition National Council of Democratic Forces (NSDS) nominee Jamil Hasanli, Umid (Hope) Party Chairman Iqbal Agazade, People's Front of United Azerbaijan Chairman Qudrat Hasanquliyev, Justice Party Chairman and former Azerbaijan SSR Prosecutor-General Ilyas Ismayilov, National Revival Movement leader Farac Quliyev, independent candidate Zahid Oruc, as well as the chairmen of three extra-parliamentary parties: Araz Alizadev from the Social Democratic Party, Hafiz Haciyev from Modern Musavat, and Sardar Celaloglu from Democratic Party of Azerbaijan.
The ballots will be open until 19:00 local time and the official results will be disclosed after 23:00 and 5.1 million voters can cast their votes in 5,491 polls, and Azerbaijani expats can go to the polls in Azerbaijani embassies.Last Mod: 09 Ekim 2013, 12:41