Weekly political digest (8.11- 12.11.2010)

                                                                              Official chronicle

Nov. 8

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today inaugurated a Baku ring road.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today opened the completed stretches of the Baku-Russia border road after reconstruction

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today inaugurated the Baku-Alat highway and inspected the construction work ongoing at the incomplete stretches of this road.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on conducting 100th anniversary of academician Shafayat Mehdiyev,

 Nov. 9

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva have today attended an opening ceremony of a school complex here built at the initiative and with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

Azerbaijan is celebrating National Flag Day for the first time.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to declare Nov. 9 as National Flag Day on Nov. 17, 2009.

President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva have opened a National Flag Museum today - the National Flag Day.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today inaugurated a 110/35/10 kv Khojasan substation,

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva have today inspected construction progress of the Heydar Aliyev Center

Nov. 10

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today received Iraqi Minister of Trade Safa al-Din Al-Safi and his accompanying delegation

Nov. 11

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today inaugurated a new building of the district's central hospital.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has inaugurated Horadiz Sport Complex in Fuzuli region.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today attended an opening ceremony for a new settlement for internally displaced families in Aghdam district.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today cut a ribbon to officially inaugurate a Mugham Center in Horadiz

Nov. 12

Chairman of the Caucasus Muslim Board Sheikh ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazade congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on Gurban Holiday. "I congratulate the Azerbaijani people on the Qurban holiday. I wish them well-being, spiritual cleansing, peace and prosperity," he said to the Azerbaijani people in a message this week.

Azerbaijan marked the Constitution Day.

Special webpage for foreign visitors opened on the Azerbaijani president's official website.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Friday.

Elections

Nov. 8

The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) declared invalid the election results in three polling stations.

The results have been declared invalid in one precinct in each of the following district election commissions - Gusar Constituency No. 51, Yardimli-Masalli Constituency No. 72 and Lerik Constituency No. 78.

Azerbaijan held a democratic and transparent parliamentary elections, the Azerbaijani Association for Civil Society Development (ACSDA) Electoral Chief of Staff Maharram Zulfugarli said

GUAM observation mission assessed the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan as free and democratic.

The voter turnout during the Azerbaijani parliamentary elections on Nov.7 was as "high" as the level of professionalism of the electoral process, Russian Federal Assembly Federation Council Deputy Speaker Svetlana Orlova said at a press conference today in Baku. Orlova coordinated a CIS Interparliamentary Assembly election observer group.

The CIS observation mission had positive impressions of the changes to the Azerbaijani electoral code and the holding of transparent parliamentary elections in the country, CIS observation mission head Sergei Lebedev said at a news conference after the election in Baku.

The CEC of Azerbaijan considered appeals submitted in connection with the Nov. 7 parliamentary elections.

ELS Independent Research Center released data of eKHit-poll, conducted by the organization in the parliamentary elections held Sunday in Azerbaijan.

The voter turnout was about 50.14 percent (2,480,205 voters) in Azerbaijan, 'Elections' Information Center under the Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) told Trend.

The Parliament-2010 Election Monitoring Coalition has disclosed result of e-voting, which was for the first time applied in Azerbaijan. The e-voting was successful, the coalition said..

The CEC holds next meeting presided by Chairman Mazahir Panahov.

Nov. 9

The November 7 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were characterised by a peaceful atmosphere and all opposition parties participated in the political process, the Council of Europe's statement issued today says.

The U.S. Department of State declared that the November 7 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were peaceful.

Nov. 12

The CEC has received 83 appeals of information character in connection with November 7 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.

Foreign policy

Nov. 8

As a part of a number of lectures on Azerbaijan, organized in American universities by the country's Consulate General in Los Angeles, Consul General Elin Suleymanov spoke to the students of faculties of political sciences at the California State University in Fullerton and the University of California in San Diego, the Consulate General said.

It is impossible to ignore the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday, speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

Nov. 9

The cooperation between the Caspian littoral states has increased, said the Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

"Today, the interest in the implementation of joint cooperation between the littoral states further manifests itself. The changes in the relations between the littoral states is an example of increasing the level of compliance and cooperation between these countries," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday in Tehran at the 27th meeting of special representatives of the presidents of the Caspian countries and the deputy foreign ministers on the preparation of the Convention on the legal status of Caspian, the Mehrnews agency reported.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has received the head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Yanez Lenarcic.

The meeting focused on the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, Foreign Ministry's press service reported.

The fourth international forum Dialogue of languages and cultures and Shanghai Organization for Cooperation in the 21st century.

Nov. 10

Baku commemorated the Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Employees of the Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan, the Turkish citizens, including students studying in the country, as well as public the Azerbaijani representatives visited a monument to Ataturk in Baku.

Azerbaijani Ambassador to Latvia has officially assumed his duties.

Elman Zeynalov has presented his credentials to Latvian President Valdis Zatlers on Tuesday November 9.

Nov. 11

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev and Chief of Staff of the NATO Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum Jouque Lambertus Herman mulled the prospects of the Azerbaijan- NATO cooperation in Baku today.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received the delegation headed by Iraqi Minister of Trade Safa Al-Din Muhammad Al-Safi.

The military attachés of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Syria, India, Algeria, Oman, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Japan and Indonesia have today met with Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

Nov. 12

The Azerbaijani Embassy in Hungary held a meeting of diplomatic missions and Azerbaijani students studying in Hungarian universities. The meeting was devoted to Azerbaijani Constitution Day, which is celebrated in Azerbaijan on Nov. 12.

Baku discussed the prospects of military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Poland.

Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Safar Abiyev received Poland's newly appointed ambassador to Azerbaijan Michal Labenda Nov.12.

The Health Ministries of Azerbaijan and Italy have signed a memorandum on cooperation in health and medical sciences. The memorandum was undersigned by Azerbaijani Health Minister Ogtay Shiraliyev and his Italian counterpart Ferruccio Fazio during Shiraliyev's visit to Italy.

Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic congratulated the Azerbaijani people on Qurban holiday.

Azerbaijani media representatives met with the founder of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Rauf Denktas, during their visit to the country.

Political movement

Nov. 11

The political forces who won the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are satisfied with the results.

The Azerbaijani parliamentary elections were held in accordance with democratic values, in a fair and transparent atmosphere and reflect the peoples' will, Azerbaijani ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) executive secretary Ali Ahmadov said a meeting with leaders of several political parties in the country.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict



A ceremony of farewell with the Azerbaijani National Hero Mubariz Ibrahimov and Senior Lieutenant Farid Ahmadov, who was awarded a medal "For Courage" by the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's decree posthumously was held in Baku on Nov. 7. The Azerbaijani servicemen fell victims in fighting with Armenian occupants on the frontline.

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