Azerbaijani parliament adopts appeal on dissolving parliament, holding early elections

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-03 01:27:36|Editor: yhy
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BAKU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Azerbaijan's top legislative body, the Milli Majlis, adopted Monday an appeal to the country's president on dissolving the parliament and holding early elections, according to the state-run news agency AZERTAC.

A total of 99 parliamentarians supported the initiative, while one member of parliament voted against, one abstained and another did not vote.

In an official statement, deputy chairperson of the Milli Majlis, Bahar Muradova, said the president's policy of reforms entered a qualitatively new phase, necessitating serious changes in the parliament, among other bodies. "Members of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, which enjoys parliamentary majority, appealed to the parliament about the impossibility for the legislative body to continue functioning under current circumstances."

Speaker Ogtay Asadov said the parliament might hold its last plenary session this year on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court will review the compliance of the dissolution of the parliament with Azerbaijan's Constitution.

The date of the early parliamentary elections, first in the nation's history, should be announced by the president.

The next elections for the 125-seat parliament were scheduled in November 2020.