Oscar-winning screenwriter Rustam Ibrahimbayov says two things are certain about his electoral race against Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, whose family has run the oil-rich Caspian state for more than four decades.
Azerbaijan’s economy expanded an annual 1.6 percent in the first quarter as the third-biggest oil producer among the former Soviet republics benefited from higher energy prices, President Ilham Aliyev said.
Azerbaijan’s political opposition is seeking to replicate the uprisings that drove out authoritarian rulers in Egypt and Tunisia, this time in a former Soviet oil province that supplies an increasing share of Europe’s energy.
Foreign Secretary William Hague rejected allegations that Britain is boosting trade at the expense of human rights, arguing his trip to the signing of a BP Plc gas deal in Azerbaijan this week let him raise concerns about abuses.
U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague discussed the arrest of an Azeri civil rights activist with President Ilham Aliyev during a visit to the former Soviet republic for the signing of a natural gas export deal.