Idea of referendum brings citizens’ choice at forefront and implements dialogue between state and people: Social Research Foundation

Idea of referendum brings citizens’ choice at forefront and implements dialogue between state and people: Social Research Foundation

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 19 / Trend , V.Zhavoronkova/

The referendum on amending the Azerbaijani Constitution was democratic, Social Research Foundation Director Rashad Rzaguliyev said during a Baku-Moscow video conference on March 19.

"The idea of referendum brings citizens' choice at forefront and implements a dialogue between the state and the people," Rzaguliyev said.

On March 18, Azerbaijan held a referendum to amend 29 articles of the Constitution.

The Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.

According to Rzaguliyev, the referendum brought a significant part of the people to the course of real policy.

"The people began to realize the civil necessity of people's participation in the country's life," he said.

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), 87-92 percent of voters supported the amendments.

The referendum proposes replacing the current version of the 5th paragraph of Article 101 of the Constitution, which states that "no person shall be elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for more than two consecutive terms," by an option to extend the incumbent president's term in the event of ongoing military operations. The presidential term is 5 years.

President Ilham Aliyev was elected to the post in 2003 and 2008.

A total of 41 amendments to 29 articles are planned. The amendments envisage postponing parliamentary elections in the event of military operations, banning video and audio recordings and photographs of individuals against their own will and providing financial support to ex-presidents.

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