Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Azeri Presidential Campaign Kicks Off as Aliyev Seeks Third Term

Campaigning for Azerbaijan’s presidential election next month kicked off as incumbent Ilham Aliyev prepares to face a candidate backed by the secular opposition’s largest alliance in a decade.

Aliyev, who’s been touring the country and signing decrees to increase public-sector wages, visited newly reconstructed schools in the capital, Baku, today as pupils returned from summer vacation. His challenger is Camil Hasanli, a prominent historian and professor at Baku State University who was nominated last month by the opposition National Council of Democratic Forces.

Aliyev, 51, who succeeded his father in a disputed presidential ballot 10 years ago, was nominated by the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, or YAP, in July to compete for a third term in office. The Azeri leader’s family has run the oil-rich Caspian Sea state for more than four decades.

Human Rights Watch said Sept. 2 that the authorities are engaged in a “deliberate” and “abusive” strategy to limit dissent before the vote. The New York-based group also reported a “dramatic” deterioration in the government’s record on freedom of expression, assembly, and association in the last 18 months.

Eight other candidates representing small pro-government parties are also running in the election, which is scheduled for Oct. 9. The opposition’s initial choice, Oscar-winning screenwriter Rustam Ibrahimbayov, was disqualified because he also holds Russian citizenship.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.