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Azeris to Avoid Unrest Spreading in Russia, Kazakhstan, APA Says

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Azerbaijan will sidestep the kind of anti-government protests that have gripped Russia and Kazakhstan because the population backs the government in the Caspian Sea nation, APA reported.

“The policies of the current government are supported by the people,” said Ali Hasanov, head of the political department of President Ilham Aliyev’s office, according to the private news service. “Therefore, there is no ground for such developments to take place in Azerbaijan.”

Emboldened by popular movements that have toppled leaders in the Middle East, secular opposition parties in Azerbaijan, the third-biggest oil producer in the former Soviet Union, staged several protests in the capital, Baku, earlier this year to demand Aliyev’s resignation.

Police have detained hundreds of protesters, some of whom were later imprisoned for disrupting public order.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zulfugar Agayev in Baku at zagayev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Hellmuth Tromm at htromm@bloomberg.net

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