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Thousands of Azeris Rally to Demand the President’s Resignation

Thousands of opposition supporters demanded the resignation of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev at a rally in the capital Baku today.

Aliyev is seeking a third term in office in the Oct. 9 election. His challenger is Camil Hasanli, a history professor at Baku State University, who was nominated last month by the National Council of Democratic Forces, a coalition of opposition parties and groups. The group’s initial choice, Oscar-winning screenwriter Rustam Ibrahimbayov, was disqualified from running for holding Russian citizenship.