Azerbaijan. According to
Countryaah.com, President Gejdar Alijev on July 19 accused
the country's government of corruption and failed economic
policy. According to him, the corruption was so widespread
that the important oil industry had difficulty attracting
foreign investors. Prime Minister Fuad Kulijev resigned
shortly thereafter, along with the Deputy Prime Minister and
several other ministers and senior officials. Artur Rasizade
was appointed new Prime Minister in November.
The Christian breaker club Nagorno-Karabach went to his
first general presidential election in November. The
election was seen as an important part of the struggle for
independence. Large demonstrations against the elections
were held in Azerbaijan, and both the United States and the
Russian Federation warned of the negative consequences of
the election. War hero Robert Kotjarjan got 85% of the vote
and was elected president. The conflict between Azerbaijan.
and Armenia on the affiliation of the enclave remained
unresolved during the year. Armenia claims the enclave
because many Armenians live in the area. When the OSCE
European Security Council held a summit in Lisbon in
December, the representatives of the 54 assembled states
could not agree on a joint statement on the conflict.