Baku, Azerbaijan, July 27
By Ilham Isabalayeva – Trend:
A seven-year presidential term in a presidential republic will allow to fully implement the program set by the president, Siyavush Novruzov, deputy executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, told Trend.
“Taking this into account, the amendment proposed to the Azerbaijani Constitution about extending the presidential term from five years to seven years, complies with the law,” he added.
Novruzov said that the seven-year presidential term exists in around 30 world countries, stressing that the proposed amendment on a new presidential term in Azerbaijan has been stipulated by several factors.
"The main issue is that the municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections have been held in Azerbaijan for three consecutive years,” he said. “The various structures have been dealing only with election in the country for three years.”
“The issues related to the economy and governance may refer to other factors,” he said. “These issues include resolving of social problems, improvement work and creation of new jobs. In this aspect, the proposed amendment allows fully implementing the program set by the president.”
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree July 18 on submitting the draft Referendum Act "On Amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan” to the Constitutional Court.
The Azerbaijani Constitutional Court approved the draft amendments to the country’s constitution at a session July 25. The referendum on amendments to Azerbaijan’s constitution was scheduled for September 26.