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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
There have always been reformatory initiatives in Azerbaijan, but they have recently gained special scope, Assistant to the Azerbaijani first vice-president Emin Huseynov said.
Huseynov made the remarks in Baku at the conference entitled “Social and Personnel Reforms of the President in Public Opinion” and the presentation of the www.stm.az website in the Azerbaijani Social Research Center, Trend reports on Sept. 24.
Huseynov added that there are objective reasons for this.
"During the period after independence, Azerbaijan was subjected to the deepest recession among the former post-Soviet countries,” he said. “Azerbaijan was subjected to the military aggression. The threat was posed to the country’s statehood and sovereignty. The economic reforms were carried out in the country after Azerbaijani great leader Heydar Aliyev came to power.”
“During a short period, the reforms yielded results and the recession was stopped,” Huseynov added. “So far, unprecedented rates of development have been observed in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed a number of decrees. According to the research, the majority of the population supports the reforms being carried out by the president. "