Ilham, You’re a Class Act

by Nathan Hamm on 10/19/2005 · 1 comment

In an interview earlier this week, Ilham Aliyev showed himself to be all class.

“They put this funny dress on themselves, which has been already used in another place, and they think that by putting on these orange T-shirts they become great revolutionaries,” he added.

“They are not. They are funny, they are weak and personally I regret that we have such an opposition because this is a shame for the country also.”

Aliyev said he expected a portion of the opposition, what he called a “small group of hostile, violent opposition activists,” to stage postelection protests alleging fraud.

He also commented on the detention of Rasul Guliyev in Ukraine. He said that he is seeking Guliyev’s extradition to stand trial for corruption charges, something that sounds a little funny to me. Not that I have any personal opinion of Guliyev, but because, you know…

Oh, as an added bonus, he declares his commitment to fair trials by mentioning there’s already a special cell waiting for Guliyev. And he shows how peace-loving he is by subtly threatening the opposition up at the top of the story.

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