Azerbaijan’s incumbent President Ilham Aliyev (Source: AP)
Voting wrapped up in Azerbaijan's presidential election at 19h00 local time on April 11th, with incumbent President Ilham Aliyev winning 86.09 percent of votes, according to preliminary data announced by the country's Central Election Commission on Thursday (April 12th).
Chairman of the Whole Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Gudrat Hasanguliyev was a distant second with 3.4%, followed by self-nominee Zahid Oruj, who scored 3.07% of votes. The remainder was split among 5 other presidential candidates.
Ilham Aliyev said that in this election, the Azerbaijani people voted for stability, security, development and progress and praised the work that had been done over the last 15 years.
"The unity of people and government, our expedient policy, has turned Azerbaijan into a strong country," added Ilham Aliyev.
Incumbent President Aliyev has led the country since 2003, when he succeeded his father.
There are 5.2 million eligible voters in the country of 9 million people./.