Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation forms initiative group
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 13 / Trend , K.Zarbaliyeva/
The Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation formed the Law and Democracy initiate group to agitate referendum action.
It was decided to submit documents to the Central Election Commission (CEC) at a final meeting on the initiative group on Jan. 13.
MP and Head of the Confederation Ali Huseynov said that they held meetings of the initiative group at different places. Some MPs, famous lawyers and several non-government organizations joined the initiative group, he said.
Huseynov told journalists that they will get 40,000-signature list after submitting relevant documents of the initiative group to the CEC. The signature lists will be submitted to the CEC for registration after collecting them.
"If other initiative groups present opposite arguments, the Law and Democracy will join teledebates," Huseynov said.
Azerbaijan's governing party has launched New Azerbaijan and opposition Musavat party Republicans initiative groups. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has made a notification on the registration of the initiative group of the governing NAP.
Moreover, Azadlig bloc which includes the Popular Front Party, the National Unity Movement, the Citizen and Development Party, the Musavat Party, the Umid Party and the Democrat Party, as well as the For Azerbaijan Public Forum and some non-government organizations decided to establish the Civil Movement for Republic and Garabag.
Deputy executive secretary of the governing party Mubariz Gurbanli said to Trend earlier that initiative groups established by opposition against referendum will not be efficient.
As many as 21 media leaders launched Free Speech Initiative Group on Jan. 10.
On the same day Azerbaijan Confederation of Trade Unions and some non-governmental organizations also established Initiative Group of Public Organizations.
In late December, Azerbaijan's parliament passed a decision to hold a referendum March 18 to amend 29 Articles of the Constitution. According to Article 152, the Constitution can only be amended via referendum. Additionally, Article 153 states that if the parliament or president proposes an amendment, the Constitutional Court must reach its own conclusions regarding the proposal before the referendum vote.
The Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.
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