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Azerbaijan Holds Referendum to Extend President's Term

Azerbaijan held a referendum on Monday on extending the presidential term from five to seven years, a step that a European democracy watchdog said would hand unprecedented power to President Ilham Aliyev. Aliyev, 54, succeeded his father as president in 2003 and can seek re-election indefinitely after term limits were scrapped in another referendum seven years ago. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0400 GMT) across Azerbaijan and closed at 7 p.m. (1500 GMT). There are 5.3 million...

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