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No environment for free and fair elections

(16/10-2008) - Yesterdays' presidential election in the Republic of Azerbaijan took place in an environment where free and fair elections are not possible, says head of information in The Norwegian Helsinki Committee Berit Lindeman, who is currently in Baku monitoring the election. Some of the basic conditions for holding elections are public debate, a free press and equal conditions for all political forces in the country. Neither is present in Azerbaijan, says Lindeman.

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