Azerbaijan adopts constitutional law on ex-president's status (UPDATE)

Azerbaijan adopts constitutional law on ex-president's status (UPDATE)

The details were added (the version was posted at 2:32 p.m.)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 15 / Trend M. Aliyev /

The constitutional law on 'Providing the Security of an Ex-Azerbaijani President and His Family' was adopted in its third reading during a Tuesday meeting of the Azerbaijani parliament.

The law applies to all presidents who led the country after it became independent, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Legal Policy and State Building Ali Huseynli said at a meeting today.

He said that the ex-president will receive a pension of 50 per cent of the salary of the incumbent president.

"MPs originally proposed to raise the pension rate to 80 per cent," he said. "But the monthly salary of the incumbent president is 7,500 - 8,000 manat. About 20 per cent is allocated for expenses. This is a sufficient amount according to the legislation."
According to the procedure, the law will once again be submitted to the Azerbaijani Parliament at the third reading in six months.

In accordance with the constitution, the law will apply to people who have held presidential office and also in respect of people working as the president, but died. It is also in respect of people working as president and whose powers were suspended, as well as members of their families.

The law will not apply to a president dismissed as a result of impeachment.

In the absence of a wife, the children will receive the pension when they reach 18.

The project provides the ex-president with a state car, a driver and three bodyguards. In the case of death of an ex-president, his family will receive cash security instead of a car.
Ex-presidents and their spouses will be provided with diplomatic passports. Their inviolability will be protected by law.

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