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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
In pictures: Azeris at the polls
Ilham Aliyev casts his vote
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The man widely expected to win, Ilham Aliyev, cast his vote in the capital, Baku
Elderly woman votes in Baku
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Older residents can still remember Azerbaijan's Soviet days and years of turmoil
Man casts his vote in busy polling station
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Turnout was reported to be brisk but opposition parties alleged fraud
Ilham Aliyev and others look at ballot box
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Transparent boxes are being used to try to minimise the risk of electoral fraud
Woman in headscarf
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The mainly-Muslim republic has benefited from enormous oil wealth
Isa Gambar and wife Aida
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Opposition leader Isa Gambar, voting with his wife Aida, says people's votes have been stolen
President Heydar Aliyev
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The president is absent on polling day as he has been for three months - receiving hospital treatment abroad





SEE ALSO:
Azerbaijan's 'royal' succession
04 Aug 03  |  Europe
Profile: Heydar Aliyev
21 Apr 03  |  Europe
Country profile: Azerbaijan
09 Jul 03  |  Country profiles
Timeline: Azerbaijan
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