Dirty Political Tricks

by Nathan Hamm on 8/24/2005 · 1 comment

MosNews reports that one of the leaders of the New Politics Bloc, Eldar Namazov, is facing an interesting trick.

The opposition leader in Azerbaijan, Eldar Namazov, has two namesakes running for the parliament against him.

None of the two other Eldar Namazovs has previously been heard of on the Azeri political scene. One of them is a prison guard, the other a businessman, Reuters reported.

The opposition’s Namazov, a former presidential adviser, said the authorities were putting the two rivals on the ballot to split his vote as part of a dirty tricks campaign to rig the election in favor of the party of President Ilham Aliyev.

The opposition Namazov says that he views the move as a compliment.


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