President Ilham Aliyev Sets Date for Referendum on Amendments to Constitution

President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on holding popular vote (referendum) to make amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic. According to the order, the draft Referendum Act on “Making Changes to the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic” will be put to popular vote (referendum) and will be published in the media (the draft is attached). The popular vote (referendum) is scheduled for September 26, 2016. Central Election Commission is to ensure that the popular vote (referendum) is held on the specified date. The Cabinet of...

Opposition Party Appeals to Constitutional Court in Connection with Referendum Act

Ali Karimli, chairman of opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), has appealed to the Constitutional Court in connection with the bill of amendments to the Constitution submitted by the President. On July 18, Azerbaijan’s President submitted draft Referendum Act on “Making Changes to the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic” to the Constitutional Court for review and feedback. According to Article 42.1 of the Law of Azerbaijan Republic on Constitutional Court, persons, whose interests are affected by amendments to the Constitution, can be recognized as stakeholders. There are...

Constitutional Court Gives Positive Opinion on Referendum Act

Plenum of Constitutional Court held a special meeting on the draft Referendum Act on “Making Changes to the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic” submitted by the President of Azerbaijan for review and feedback on July 18. At today’s special meeting attended by 8 judges, Plenum of Constitutional Court gave its opinion on the draft Referendum Act. As the representative of Azerbaijan’s President, Head of Presidential Administration’s Department of Legislation and Legal Expertise Shahin Aliyev participated in the meeting. Judge Kamran Shafiyev read out the Referendum Act of Azerbaijan...

Changes Proposed to Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic

The text of the Draft Referendum Act on “Making changes to the Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic” submitted by the order of President Ilham Aliyev to the Constitutional Court for feedback has been made public. According to the proposed amendments, for prejudicing human rights and freedoms, civil servants will bear only civil responsibility. The main notable amendment is removal of the presidency age limit from the Constitution and extension of the presidency term from 5 years to 7 years. Under the current Constitution, there are such requirements for...
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