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On April 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a telephone call to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijani president's press service reported.

A former KGB officer and communist-era leader, Aliyev senior had ruled Azerbaijan with an iron fist since 1993.

The Yeni Azerbaycan Party, together with the Automobile Federation of Azerbaijan, didn't wait for the final results of the elections: they organised a street vehicle race in downtown Baku in order to celebrate Aliyev's victory.

The partial results were based on the 65 percent of the ballots counted, he said.

Aliyev's foreign policy aide, Novruz Mamedov, said on Facebook: "Circulation of a report that has been prepared in a disrespect to voters, people, their will and choice". "People voted for stability, security and development".

The elections were held in Azerbaijan yesterday.

The opposition "National Council of Democratic Forces", Musavat Party and Azerbaijani Popular Front Party boycotted the elections.

Ilham Aliyev noted that all conditions were created for holding the election in accordance with global standards and free observation.

Dozens of cars honking and carrying the flags of Azerbaijan and Aliyev's ruling party cruised down Oilman Avenue, a central Baku thoroughfare whose high-priced boutiques have come to symbolise the massive oil revenues enjoyed by the Azeri elite.

Aliyev, 56, was first elected in 2003, after the death of his father Heydar Aliyev.

Azerbaijan adopted fresh controversial constitutional amendments in 2016, extending the president's term in office from five to seven years. Turnout in the vote, held on April 11, was 74.5 per cent.

Seven candidates ran, but critics questioned whether they were actual opponents.

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