Azeri opposition holds rally as economy slows

April 5, 2015 4:56 PM

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BAKU (Reuters) - About 1,000 Azeris held a rally on Sunday to protest against rising prices and a crackdown on human rights as economic problems mount ahead of a parliamentary election this year in the oil-producing former Soviet republic.

Hit by the fall in global oil prices, the ruble's drop against the dollar in neighboring Russia and the separatist war in east Ukraine, the South Caucasus country devalued the manat currency in February.

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