November 6, 2005

Azeri ruling party wins majority: private exit poll

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan's ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party
has won Sunday's parliamentary vote with a reduced majority, a
private exit poll carried out by two U.S.-based polling
organizations said.

The ruling party will take 56 seats in the 125-seat
parliament, down from 75, according to an exit poll conducted
by pollsters Mitofsky International and Edison Media Research.

The main Azadlyq opposition bloc will take 12 seats, with
the rest going to independents and minor parties, many of them
allied to the government, the exit poll said.

Official results have not yet been released. The exit poll
was conducted by 3,000 interviewers in all but one of the
constituencies, a spokesman for the pollsters said.