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Images of Karabakh July 2007

By Anahit Hairapetian
  • Bako Sahakian, leading candidate in the presidential election in the unrecognised republic of Nagorny Karabakh.
    Bako Sahakian, leading candidate in the presidential election in the unrecognised republic of Nagorny Karabakh.
  • Sahakian holds an election rally in the Karabakhi capital Stepanakert.
    Sahakian holds an election rally in the Karabakhi capital Stepanakert.
  • Sahakian's main rival, Deputy Foreign Minister Masis Mailian.
    Sahakian's main rival, Deputy Foreign Minister Masis Mailian.
  • A soldier votes on polling day, July 19, 2007. The election is not recognised by the international community and is taking place not far from the ceasefire line that separates Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.
    A soldier votes on polling day, July 19, 2007. The election is not recognised by the international community and is taking place not far from the ceasefire line that separates Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.
  • Voters in Stepanakert.
    Voters in Stepanakert.
  • An elderly voter scans voting lists.
    An elderly voter scans voting lists.
  • Musicians entertain the voters.
    Musicians entertain the voters.
  • Outgoing leader Arkady Ghukasian casts his vote.
    Outgoing leader Arkady Ghukasian casts his vote.
  • Bako Sahakian talks to journalists after he cast his vote. He was declared the winner with 85 per cent of the vote.
    Bako Sahakian talks to journalists after he cast his vote. He was declared the winner with 85 per cent of the vote.

On July 19, 2007, the unrecognised republic of Nagorny Karabakh held presidential elections. The poll was condemned by the outside world but went ahead with unusual excitement in this small region.

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