, a former NKVD and KGB officer who became first secretary of the Communist Party in Azerbaijan in 1969, maintained their practiced grip on power. The president’s chosen vehicle is the Yeni (New) Azerbaijan Party (YAP), which took almost three-quarters of the vote, as reported by election officials. As of this writing, results are not in for the seats awarded to the winners in each of ninety-nine electoral districts. The YAP will fill all twenty-five seats awarded according to percentage of the total vote won; no other party secured the minimum 6 percent needed for representation.

The election secures the position of