United States marks anniversary of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 18 / Trend U.Sadikhova /
The ninety-second anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) was marked in Irvine, California with the participation of local administration representatives and the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities, the Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC) reported.
Opening the event, AAC General Director Javid Huseynov spoke about Azerbaijan's historical role as the first secular democratic state in the Middle East and the Islamic world.
The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was established May 28, 1918, and became the first democratic republic in the East. The ADR was a parliamentary form of government and adopted state attributes such as the flag, emblem and anthem. The republic was destroyed after 23 months in connection with Baku's occupation by the Eleventh Red Army April 28, 1920.
Candidate for Nevadan lieutenant governor, Azerbaijani native Paul Murad spoke about the historical impact of Azerbaijani democratic values on the formation of his outlook and his decision to participate in the political life of the United States.
Famous Azerbaijani singer Javid Hussei performed in the event's musical program.
Orange County representatives congratulated the AAC on the anniversary.
Republic Day, May 28, is the day of the restoration of state independence. Azerbaijan has celebrated the date as a state holiday since 1990.