Azerbaijan Marks Day of National Salvation
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 June / Trend / Azerbaijan celebrates the National Day of Salvation on June 15.
Azerbaijan got its independence in October 1991. The first years of the independence were characterized by the crisis within the country and in the Government. Chaos occupied all the spheres of the social life. Tough situation was observed in the army, accompanied by increase in the number of desertion. Armenian occupation was expanding day by day. Azerbaijan remained without a leader. Separate individuals and groups struggled between each other for state power of a young country. The Popular Front of Azerbaijan movement came to the state power on 14 May 1992, but turned out incapable to rule the state and government. In 1993 Azerbaijan faced the danger of civil war.
In such a hard period the Azerbaijani people insisted on the return of his prominent son - Heydar Aliyev - from Nakhchivan to Baku. He came to Baku in June 19 at the persistent calls of the people and the authorities.
Soon Heydar Aliyev prevented civil war in Azerbaijan.
In June 15, 1993 Heydar Aliyev was elected the chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Azerbaijan and this date entered the history as the Day of National Salvation. Through the demands of the nation Milli Mejlis (National Assembly) declared June 15 a holiday in its meeting in June 1997.