Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15
Azerbaijan marks the National Salvation Day on June 15.
Azerbaijan gained independence in October 1991. The first years of the country's independence were characterized by the crisis within the country and in the government. Chaos occupied all the spheres of social life. The situation in the army worsened and the number of deserters increased.
Armenian aggression was increasing day after day. Azerbaijan was facing the crisis of power. Separate groups and individuals were fighting for control.
After coming to power on May 14, 1992, Azerbaijan Popular Front showed a complete inability to run the country with its ill-determined management.
There was a real threat of a civil war in Azerbaijan in the summer of 1993.
In these difficult times, Azerbaijan's outstanding son Heydar Aliyev accepted the persistent invitation of the people and came to Baku June 9.
Heydar Aliyev succeeded to prevent the civil war in Azerbaijan in a very short time.
On June 15, 1993, he was elected chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Azerbaijan and this date entered the country's history as the National Salvation Day.
With the insistence of the people, in June 1997, Milli Mejlis (parliament) declared June 15 as a holiday.