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Free elections or free caviar?
Photo: OSCE/Thomas Rymer
15 November 2013 - 1

Free elections or free caviar?

Ilham Aliyev has dominated the ex-Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan for an entire decade. He won the Presidency in 2003 (when he succeeded his father) and again in 2008. It therefore came as no surprise when Aliyev of the New Azerbaijan Party again managed to gain 85 percent of the votes in the Presidential election on 9 October of this year. Azerbaijan is located strategically between Russia and Iran. It has rich oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea which it exports to Europe mainly through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. The oil exports have led to an economic boom in the country, raising living standards and reducing poverty. However, visitors to the glowing capital of Baku should not let themselves be deceived by its futuristic architecture, grand boulevard and impressive seafront. Aliyev tolerates no dissent

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Parliamentary elections in Bulgaria a litmus test for reestablished cooperation between ODIHR and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Photo: OSCE/Thomas Rymer
21 May 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Parliamentary elections in Bulgaria a litmus test for reestablished cooperation between ODIHR and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

On 15 April 2013, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Bureau decided to reactivate the 1997 Cooperation Agreement between the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA). As a reminder, the PA unilaterally withdrew from the Cooperation Agreement at the Dublin OSCE Ministerial Council in December 2012, shocking the OSCE and its participating States. (See previous blog on this topic). As a result, the February presidential election in Armenia exposed the rift between the two institutions, with the ODIHR and PA delivering separate statements at separate press conferences. This created confusion among media representatives and undermined the credibility of OSCE election observation activities. In order to reestablish a professional working relationship, an Ad Hoc Committee on Transparency and Reform, led by Francois-Xavier de Donnea (Belgium) was established.

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Armenian presidential elections expose rift between OSCE ODIHR and OSCE PA
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23 February 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Armenian presidential elections expose rift between OSCE ODIHR and OSCE PA

As was widely expected, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan was re-elected in the 19 February presidential elections. According to the Central Election Commission, Sargsyan of the Republican Party won 58.64% of the vote. His closest challenger, Raffi Hovannisian of the Heritage party and Armenia's first foreign minister after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, won 36.75% of the vote. Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister of Armenia, received only 2.15% of the vote, and Paruyr Hayrikyan, leader of the National Self-determination Union, who was shot in the shoulder on 31 January in Yerevan, won 1.23 % of the vote. Other candidates earned less than 1.5% of the total votes. In fact, major political parties chose not to present presidential candidates.

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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly takes unilateral decision to withdraw from the 1997 Cooperation Agreement with ODIHR: A blow to OSCE election observation?
Photo: OSCE/Edon Muhaxheri
15 January 2013 - Calista A. Latour - 0

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly takes unilateral decision to withdraw from the 1997 Cooperation Agreement with ODIHR: A blow to OSCE election observation?

The Dublin Ministerial Council (MC) meeting held last December agreed on a roadmap for the OSCE until 2015 but failed to adopt decisions in the human dimension for the second year in a row. This negative trend was aggravated by the unilateral decision by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA), announced at the opening session of the Dublin MC, to withdraw from the 1997 Cooperation Agreement on election observation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The timing of this decision couldn’t have been worse given the general “crisis” of the OSCE human dimension as well as the number of sensitive elections taking place in the OSCE region in 2013, such as in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Albania and Tajikistan.

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