MP urges to reflect Azerbaijan’s positive changes in its Constitution
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 19 / Trend , J.Babayeva/ MP Aydin Mirzazade, a member of the political council of the governing New Azerbaijan Party, believes it is very important to make positive changes in the Constitution of Azerbaijan.
"The positive changes taking place in Azerbaijan in recent years, creation of a new democratic environment, and the experience gained in the presidential election should be reflected in the main law of the state. Changes and supplements are periodically made to Constitutions around the world. That often takes place in the developed European countries," Mirzazade told Trend on Dec. 19.
According to the MP, the society has the right to broadly discuss lifting of the constitutional restriction prohibiting a person from being elected president more than twice. "Voters will tell the last word on this issue. Voters' attitude towards the issue will show their position," he said.
On Dec. 19, Azerbaijani Parliament lifted constitutional restriction prohibiting a person from being elected president more than twice.
On Dec. 18, Azerbaijani Parliament's Commission on legal Policy and State Building and Commission on Human Rights adopted at a joint meeting the Referendum Action on Supplements and Changes to the Constitution and submitted it to the Parliament for consideration. At the initiative of the Speaker Ogtay Asadov, the Parliament removed Paragraph 5 from Article 101 of the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, which prohibited a person from being elected President repeatedly more than two times.
Instead, the Parliament included a Paragraph stipulating for postponement of presidential elections in case of the country wages military operations.
The governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP)
suggested a referendum to eliminate the restriction prohibiting a person from
being elected president more than two times. Several political parties
represented at the Parliament, social organizations and intellectuals supported
The term of office of the president is five years. Azerbaijani Constitution was adopted in 1995 and amended and supplemented in 2002.
Other changes to the constitution are related to Article 108 specifying the rights and status of former presidents; renaming the National Bank of Azerbaijan into the Central Bank, the Executive Office of the President in Presidential Administration.
Changes in the text of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic may be made only by way of referendum (Article 152).
If proposals about changes in the text of Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic are presented by Milli Majlis (Parliament) or the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, then Constitutional Court of the Azerbaijan Republic should give its conclusion beforehand (Article 153).
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