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Exit poll: Azerbaijan's president wins 3rd term

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AIDA SULTANOVA | October 9, 2013 10:15 AM EST | AP


BAKU, Azerbaijan — BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — An exit poll shows that Azerbaijan's president has won a third five-year term by a landslide.

The poll, which was conducted by the independent Prognosis polling company, shows Ilham Aliyev winning Wednesday's election with nearly 84 percent of the vote in the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation allied with the West.

The main opposition candidate, historian Jamil Hasanli, is trailing behind with about 8 percent, followed by eight other contenders.

Hasanli, speaking to reporters earlier in the day, said that his supporters had registered numerous vote violations.

Aliyev has ruled the ex-Soviet nation of 9 million since 2003, succeeding his father, Geidar Aliyev, who had been at the helm for most of the previous three decades, first as Azerbaijan's Communist Party boss during the Soviet times and then as its president.