Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 12
By Ali Mustafayev - Trend:
The results of the presidential election in Azerbaijan will definitely have a positive impact on bilateral relations between the two countries, political scientist, researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Karavaev told Trend.
Next presidential election in Azerbaijan is to be held on April 11, 2018, according to an order signed Feb. 5 by the country's President Ilham Aliyev. According to the Calendar Plan of Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC), pre-election campaigning starts 23 days prior to the voting day and is stopped 24 hours before the start of voting. Thus, the campaigning will start on March 19 and end at 08:00 (local time) on April 10.
Alexander Karavayev believes Azerbaijan and Russia are closely connected by friendly relations throughout the centuries, and now the two countries are reliable strategic partners.
"I think the same level of cooperation will be implemented after the election," he said.
Meanwhile, Russia is getting ready to hold its own presidential election in March of 2018.
Karavayev further added that Russia may send its group of observers to the presidential elections in Azerbaijan, in the context of support to the friendly country.
The 6th congress of the New Azerbaijan Party was held in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Feb. 8. The decision was made during the congress to nominate chairman of the party Ilham Aliyev as a presidential candidate. The decision was unanimously adopted.
Back in December 2017, according to a survey conducted by the public association “ELS” Independent Research Center, about 91.4 percent of respondents support the foreign policy of President Ilham Aliyev.
The public association “ELS” Independent Research Center conducted the survey to assess the current socio-political situation, voter turnout, and the population’s attitudes to the current issues.
The study was conducted in November-December 2017 in the form of an express survey in 68 districts of the country (with the exception of the territory of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and the occupied districts).
The survey was conducted at respondents’ homes, face to face in the form of a poll. In general, 4,560 respondents were surveyed.