Ilham Aliyev was re-elected in the early elections called for Wednesday 11 April 2018. Voting was boycotted by the main opposition parties, who claim the authorities manipulated the results. In the evening of 11th April, the Central Electoral Commission released the partial results, as voting count was still ongoing, with 63.7 percent of the polls considered. The landslide victory of the President, who had been at the helm of this small Caucasus republic since 2003, was expected. Aliyev, 56 year old, was thus elected leader of Azerbaijan for the forth time, with 86% of the votes (a percentage similar to that of the last elections). Oruc Zehid, the runner up, only managed 3.1 per cent. The opposition claims that the other six candidates were just puppets or leaders of small pro-government parties, and they only had handfuls of votes. Voter turnout was high, and thus good for the President, at 75% of those with a right to vote. That means three out of four of the five million voters.