The president of the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan raced Wednesday toward a landslide win that would add seven more years to his 15-year tenure.
The national elections commission said that with 65 percent of the ballots counted, President Ilham Aliyev had received 86 percent of the vote in an early presidential election.
Leading opposition parties boycotted the race, leaving seven token challengers.
The National Council of Democratic Forces, an opposition group, claimed late Wednesday that only about 15 percent of the electorate voted, while Azerbaijan's elections commission reported the turnout at nearly 75 percent.
In a statement, the...