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June 22, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Azerbaijani rebel leader Surat Guseinov claimed the powers of the presidency Monday, bringing Azerbaijan's newborn democracy to the brink of collapse. "I am relying on the support of the people, who demand that I march on Baku," declared the former colonel, who has been threatening to seize the capital unless Azerbaijan's first democratically elected president resigns. "I am obliged to take all responsibilities and powers on myself." President Abulfez Elchibey quietly fled Baku at 4 a.m.
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July 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The rebel warlord who drove Azerbaijan's elected president from office was named prime minister and head of the armed forces after three days of bargaining with the country's resurgent political strongman, former Communist Party boss Geidar Aliyev. Suret Guseinov, a 34-year-old wool millionaire, lawmaker and field commander, won the post by a vote of Parliament and immediately promised to reverse the army's string of defeats by Armenian forces in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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July 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The rebel warlord who drove Azerbaijan's elected president from office was named prime minister and head of the armed forces after three days of bargaining with the country's resurgent political strongman, former Communist Party boss Geidar Aliyev. Suret Guseinov, a 34-year-old wool millionaire, lawmaker and field commander, won the post by a vote of Parliament and immediately promised to reverse the army's string of defeats by Armenian forces in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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June 22, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Azerbaijani rebel leader Surat Guseinov claimed the powers of the presidency Monday, bringing Azerbaijan's newborn democracy to the brink of collapse. "I am relying on the support of the people, who demand that I march on Baku," declared the former colonel, who has been threatening to seize the capital unless Azerbaijan's first democratically elected president resigns. "I am obliged to take all responsibilities and powers on myself." President Abulfez Elchibey quietly fled Baku at 4 a.m.
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June 25, 1993 | Associated Press
Parliament effectively ousted President Abulfez Elchibey on Thursday, rejecting his last-minute offer to delegate most of his powers to former Communist boss Geidar A. Aliyev. Elchibey will remain in office until a government report determines whether he is responsible for fighting between rebels and government troops that prompted the current crisis. If he is held responsible, he will be formally ousted and elections will be held.
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June 21, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Rebel forces closed in on the Azerbaijani capital Sunday and sent a delegation into Baku to negotiate with the government. A Reuters Television crew said that about 300 armed supporters of rebel leader Surat Guseinov have advanced to within eight miles of the capital. They said they planned to enter the city. While the troops waited on the main highway to Baku, 25 rebels drove into the capital to meet with government leaders.
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June 16, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a rebel army poised 60 miles outside Baku and threatening to attack the capital, Azerbaijani lawmakers Tuesday elected their old Communist leader and former KGB chief to rescue their nation from the brink of civil war.
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June 28, 1993 | ALEXIS ROWELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Taking advantage of a military revolt that drove Azerbaijan's elected leader to seek distant refuge, Armenian forces Sunday captured this last Azerbaijani stronghold in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Kurban Kurbanov, an Azerbaijani army colonel, said 36 hours of heavy artillery fire sent the last of Mardakert's defenders and 20,000 inhabitants fleeing with their possessions.
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June 19, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a rebel army advancing toward Baku and his own forces refusing to defend the capital, Azerbaijan's first democratically elected president secretly fled at 4 a.m. Friday, leaving this newly independent former Soviet republic in chaos. Geidar Aliyev, Azerbaijan's former KGB head and Communist leader, stunned the nation by appearing on television at noon to announce that President Abulfez Elchibey had flown from Baku to his hometown near the Iranian border.
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