Voters are broadly happy with the direction of the country, even those casting votes for opposition or unaligned candidates.
The effect Nagorno-Karabakh will have on the elections stands in stark contrast to its place in the Western imagination.
There are reasonable doubts and facts proving that some international spheres are trying to discredit the next free and democratic elections in Azerbaijan, even before they take place.
Baku is the one island of stability on which Europe can count — yet even this is in danger if Europe cannot keep its attention focused on real concerns.
The resolution of the ongoing Armenian war crime in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territories remains Azerbaijan’s most obvious need.
No state is perfect; a reform movement suggests not just a need for change, but a desire for it. We should applaud and encourage those nations that actually try, rather than focusing on their failings and ignoring their successes.
Two years ago, it would have seemed that Baku was a favored ally; today, with Washington’s lurching friend-is-foe approach to policy, the ground appears less certain.
It is time to send a message to Armenia: That the ills of today must be cured long before any talk of the past can be addressed.
Slowly but surely, a time of reckoning is approaching. The small crimes highlight the larger one of the occupation; and, very soon, the excuses will run out, leaving Armenia’s wrongs recognized by the world.
Today, we have even more questions than answers — questions that pose real hurdles to Yunus’s nomination.