#Azerbaijan elections: President Aliyev consolidates energy

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Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan final weekend have been performed easily and delivered a stable majority for the ruling New Azerbaijan Party. The result’s an endorsement of President Ilham Aliyev’s (pictured) agenda, and offers a platform for the Parliament to now undertake a reinvigorated reform programme, modernize Azerbaijan’s establishments and diversify its financial system, writes James Wilson.

The elections have been monitored by greater than 77,000 native and 842 worldwide observers representing 56 worldwide organizations from 55 nations.

More than 5 million voters have been eligible to vote for 1,324 candidates from 19 political events. Candidates from the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) social gathering received about 65 of 125 seats within the single-chamber parliament.

Ettore Licheri, an Italian election observer who’s a member of the Italian Senate for the Five Star Movement Party and the Chairperson of the EU Policies Committee, stated that the EU sees Azerbaijan as a mannequin that mixes Western and Middle Eastern tradition, whereas sustaining peace and wealth: “It is a really younger democracy that solely gained its independence in 1991 and other people have been targeted and passionate on the polling stations.

“Being located on the traditional Silk Road, this nation has a selected historical past. This may be seen by taking a look at its structure, a combination between European and Eastern kinds. It has a real potential to turn into a mannequin for ladies’s emancipation, human rights and democratic requirements. This morning I visited a polling station for refugees and it touched me to see an outdated lady crying in entrance of images depicting misplaced lives through the Nagorno-Karabakh battle. Memories of battle are nonetheless recent in individuals’s minds. It takes at the very least three generations to go away these painful reminiscences behind.

“The EU sees Azerbaijan as a mannequin that mixes Western tradition with the Middle Eastern one all by sustaining peace and wealth. It is a really younger democracy that solely gained its independence in 1991.  Still, we noticed that folks have been attentive and passionate within the polling stations immediately. 

“There is significant economic development and diversification efforts in Azerbaijan,” stated Osvaldo Napoli, member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, from the Forza Italia social gathering. “It is a rustic that has made a lot progress within the financial discipline. Italy and Azerbaijan have privileged ties. Following the latest go to of our President, the President of Azerbaijan will go to Italy on 20 February. 

“Today, we went to 5 polling stations and in these stations we havent noticed any irregularities,” he went on to say.

The election outcomes are per an exit ballot on Sunday overseen by American polling agency Arthur J. Finkelstein & Associates, which discovered that New Azerbaijan Party candidates received 69 of 125 parliamentary seats.

George Birnbaum, Vice President of Arthur J. Finkelstein & Associates, stated 2,106 exit ballot staff had been stationed at 1,053 polling stations. “The election results are a clear indication of support for the reform policies of the government that will further advance democratic values in Azerbaijan,” Birnbaum stated.

The single-chamber parliament is elected each 5 years by way of voting for particular person candidates in electoral districts.

Aliyev, who has been in energy for 17 years, referred to as the election in December, 9 months earlier than it was formally due.

Officials from his governing social gathering stated the move was “to support the president’s policy on reforms and personnel changes”.

Aliyev has held energy since he was elected in October 2003, two months earlier than the loss of life of his father who held energy for a decade. He received elections in 2008, 2013 and 2018, and two separate referendums scrapped a two-term presidential restrict and prolonged the presidential time period to seven years from 5.

Western nations have courted Azerbaijan due to its position as a substitute for Russia in supplying oil and fuel to Europe.

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