Azerbaijani opposition activists rally in support of Ibragimbekov
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||18 August 2013|
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August 18, 2013
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
Several thousand supporters of the National Council of Democratic Forces rallied on August 18 at a site outside of the capital, Baku.
Several thousand supporters of Azerbaijani opposition presidential candidate Rustam Ibragimbekov rallied outside the capital, Baku, on August 18.
At the sanctioned event, which took place some 10 kilometers from the city center, supporters chanted slogans such as "Do not steal our votes!" and "Do not test our patience!"
Activists also allege that public transport to the rally site was restricted by authorities.
A presidential election is scheduled for October 9.
Ibragimbekov, a 74-year-old Oscar-winning screenwriter, was chosen last month as a presidential candidate by a coalition of Azerbaijan's main opposition groups – the National Council of Democratic Forces – to challenge incumbent President Ilham Aliyev.
But Ibragimbekov is still awaiting confirmation from Moscow that his Russian citizenship has been stripped in order to be allowed to run in the election.