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  • Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev seen  during the voting at a polling station in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Oil-rich Azerbaijan is booming and the wealth is trickling down to its poorest people. It all means that its president doesn't even need to clamp down too hard to ensure he extends a decades-long dynastic rule in elections on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Embassy Row: A work in progress in Azerbaijan

    The U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan was diplomatic but firm in a post-election interview in the former Soviet republic, which has been dominated by a father-son regime widely criticized as autocratic but widely courted as a pro-Western nation with vast energy resources.

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  • "We want to be constructive and to work with Azerbaijan to further develop its democracy and its economy," he said. "We want Azerbaijan to become a great country, which I think it has the potential to be."

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  • "We have constantly raised the arrests with government officials. We will continue to do so, and we certainly urge the government to be transparent, to follow due process, and to carry out a fair judicial process," he said.

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