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Aliyev loyalists swept the board in Sunday’s election, described by one Western diplomat who observed voting as an "absolute sham".

"… the conduct of these elections overall was not sufficient to constitute meaningful progress in the democratic development of the country," monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe and European Parliament said in a statement.

The monitors cited an "uneven playing field" for candidates, limitations on media freedom and freedom of assembly, instances of ballot stuffing and vote count irregularities.

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