Politics

16 November 2005 [19:03]

Oppositional CEC members may leave it soon to show their protest

The opposition members representing their parties in the Central Election Commission get ready to resign collectively. They are expected to take this step at any time.
16 November 2005 [19:00]

Milli Majlis delegation will not attend CIS Parliamentary Assembly

The sitting of the CIS Parliamentary Assembly will be held in St.Petersburg on November 16-18 .
16 November 2005 [18:45]

Robert Simmons is going to take part in opening ceremony of ANAMA's project in Aghstafa

Special representative of NATO Secretary General for the South Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons will be on a visit in Baku on November 18-19.
16 November 2005 [14:04]

The National Defense Committee of Rasul Guliev suspended its activity

Head of the press service the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan Nureddin Ismaylov told Trend that the National Defense Committee established to protect Rasul Guliyev when he comes back to the homeland has temporarily suspended its activities.
16 November 2005 [13:59]

Court of Appeals sends protocols of Garadag Constituency 11 for investigation to Justice Ministry

On Tuesday the Azerbaijani Court of Appeals considered appeal of the Yagub Abbasov, the single candidate from "Azadlig" election bloc, who balloted from Garadagh constituency 11, the bloc told Trend.
16 November 2005 [13:48]

TRNC hopes that Azerbaijan will continue its politics of lifting blockade of Turkish Cyprus

"We believe that Azerbaijan will find power to withstand the pressure of international organizations, which call on the country to refuse cooperation with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)," stated Mustafa Evran, the representative of the TRNC in Azerbaijan at the event dedicated to the 22nd anniversary of the TRNC.
15 November 2005 [20:32]

Ombudsman of Azerbaijan visits ex-ministers and academic in MNS prison

Commissioner on Human Rights (Ombudsman) Elmira Suleymanova visited the investigation ward of the Ministry of National Security to get acquainted with the holding conditions of the ex-president of the National Academy of Science, academician Eldar Salayev.
15 November 2005 [19:13]

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Armenia will attend conference of OSCE Ministers of Foreign Affairs

The report presented by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia), Bernard Fasier (France) and Steven Mann (USA) was positively valued by the OSCE Permanent Council.
15 November 2005 [16:16]

Elin Suleymanov is appointed Consul General to Los Angeles,US

Yesterday, the President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order appointing status of extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Azerbaijan to Elin Suleymanov.
15 November 2005 [16:07]

Health condition of Eldar Salayev rapidly deteriorates

"The health condition of academician Eldar Salayev, ex-president of National Academy of Science, who was presently being held in the isolated cell of the Ministry of National Security sharply deteriorated," informed Fikrat Mirzayev, advocate of the academician.
15 November 2005 [16:00]

Opposition rally on November 18 not permitted for the request for it being submitted late

The Baku city Executive Power did not allow "Azadliq" bloc to hold a march-rally on November 18.
15 November 2005 [14:57]

President dismissed Head of Executive Power of Zagatala

Yesterday the President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree dismissing the head of the Executive Power of Zagatala, Vagif Rahimov from his position.
15 November 2005 [14:44]

Opposition plans to stage forum for candidates who did not succeed in November 6 Elections

A forum of former parliamentary candidates who did not win the elections will be held at the Republican Cultural Palace named after Khatai on November 16. APA was informed about it from the press-service of the "Azadliq" bloc.
15 November 2005 [14:41]

CEC received 550 complaints within 3 days after Elections

"The Central Election Commission received about 550 complaints within 3 days stated in the Election Code after the parliamentary elections," informed the secretary of the CEC Natig Mammadov.
15 November 2005 [14:33]

Ilham Aliyev was awarded Ataturk Premium by Marmara University of Turkey

The Marmara University of Turkey awarded president Ilham Aliyev with the Ataturk premium. The premium will be presented to the president during his visit to Turkey late this month.
15 November 2005 [14:22]

Opposition schedules to hold another demonstration in Baku on November 19

Sardar Jalalogly informed APA news agency that on Monday Chairmen Council of "Azadliq" bloc held a meeting at the headquarters of Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan [reformists wing] where opposition leaders discussed results of the November 13 rally.
15 November 2005 [14:10]

Opposition may start sit-ins if its demands will not be satisfied

Gurban Mammadov, a member of Supreme Assembly of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan told APA news agency that tents can be set up and a sit-down demonstrations might be initiated as the next actions of "Azadliq" bloc.
14 November 2005 [13:58]

Opposition tried to hold another rally yesterday, however it was unsuccessful

Yesterday the opposition attempted to hold a rally in Zagatala however it was scattered by police forces.
13 November 2005 [18:50]

Baku witnesses another opposition demonstration today - UPDATED

Opposition blocks "Azadliq", "Yeni Siyaset" and movement "National Unity" are holding sanctioned by the Baku Mayor office rally at the square in front of Galaba Movie Theater.
12 November 2005 [19:22]

Next meeting of TRACECA state officials is scheduled on November 15-16

Meeting of TRACECA Intragovernmental commission national secretaries and international law experts of Foreign Ministries will be held in Kiev on November 15-16.
12 November 2005 [18:20]

Pro-Armenian congressmen plan to pass resolution banning US financial assistance in construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalak-Kars railroad

Draft resolution is drawn up by the lower house of the US Congress banning the US financial assistance to the realization of Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalak-Gars railway project.
12 November 2005 [17:31]

Geert Ahrens leaves Baku

Head of the OSCE Long-term Observation Mission Geert Ahrens leaves Azerbaijan with only a small group of mission experts staying in Baku.
12 November 2005 [13:50]

"Azadliq" and "National Unity Movement" decided to stage constant rallies against results of November 6 elections

Yesterday the members of Chairmen Council of "Azadliq" bloc Isa Gambar, Ali Karimli, Sardar Jalaloglu along with Lala Shovkat Hajiyeva, the leader of "National Unity Movement" held a meeting.
12 November 2005 [13:40]

Results of the Elections to Supreme Assembly of Nakhchivan AR will be declared on November 14

Results of the Elections to the Supreme Assembly of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic will be submitted to the Supreme Court on November 14.
12 November 2005 [13:27]

Results of Parliamentary Elections will be known on December 10

The Constitutional Court (CC) will announce its decision concerning the results of the Parliamentary Elections on December 10.
12 November 2005 [13:22]

European Court for Human Rights received more than 1000 complaints from Azerbaijan

Over 1000 complaints had been sent to the European Court for Human Rights from Azerbaijan," said the Court's judge Khanlar Hajiyev.
12 November 2005 [12:58]

The Democratic Reforms Party questions PA Consulting's exit-poll resuts

The Democratic Reforms party asked experts to make an independent evaluation of the poll results conducted in Azerbaijan by PA Consulting Group.
11 November 2005 [20:57]

Georgian CEC states that November 6 elections in Azerbaijan were objective

"Elections were held in a very objective and peaceful form in Azerbaijan," reads statement of the members of the Georgian Central Election Commission Gizo Mchedlidze, Guram Chalagashvili and the Head of the press-service of Georgian CEC Tamara Mchedilishvili who observed the parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan.
11 November 2005 [20:39]

Destiny of new Azeri delegation to PACE is under question mark

The period of accreditation of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will end on January 28, 2006.
11 November 2005 [20:32]

Ilham Aliyev has met with the Head of OSCE Election Observation Mission

The president Ilham Aliyev received the head of the OSCE Election Observation Mission Geert Ahrens yesterday.
11 November 2005 [20:23]

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan leaves for Strasbourg to start negotiations with EU

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov will visit Strasbourg and Brussels in the middle of November to hold negotiations in the frame of the European Commission.
11 November 2005 [16:19]

Azerbaijan is not satisfied by annual report of US Department of State on religious freedoms

The Azerbaijani State Department on Religious Establishments expressed its dissatisfaction by that the annual report of the U.S. State Department on adherence to freedom of religion in the world.
11 November 2005 [16:07]

Russian President will open Year of Russia in Azerbaijan

One of the key objectives of Russian President Putin’s visit to Azerbaijan will be the opening of the Year of Russia in Azerbaijan in 2006, Abbas Abbasov, the Azerbaijani Vice Premier, told Trend. A serious of events will be held in Azerbaijan under President’s visit to Azerbaijan.
11 November 2005 [13:53]

Opposition's tents will be pulled down unless Baku Mayor office will sanction them

"Statements by the opposition regarding their intentions to establish orange tents on squares are insignificant," stated the deputy-chief of the Baku city Main Board of Police Yashar Aliyev.
11 November 2005 [13:28]

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not agree with OSCE statements on Elections

"There is no doubt in the legality of the parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan," stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov.
11 November 2005 [13:22]

Central Election Commission liquidated the results of 21 polling stations in 5 election constituencies

Yesterday the Central Election Commission (CEC) has looked through received complaints. The secretary of the CEC Natig Mammadov stated that according to the complaints received by the organization from Nakhchivan city #4 Election Constituency (EC) law violations happened during the voting in polling station #2. Therefore the organization has decided to liquidate the results of the election returns at the station.
11 November 2005 [13:15]

The International Crisis Group fully agrees with the OSCE statement on Elections

"The International Crisis Group fully agrees with the OSCE statement on the elections held in Azerbaijan," stated the director of the "Caucasian project" of the International Crisis Group (ICG) Sabina Frazer at a press-conference held today.
11 November 2005 [12:14]

YAP holds rally celebrating its victory on Elections

The Yeni Azerbaijan Party (YAP) held a rally-concert yesterday celebrating the victory in the parliamentary elections.
10 November 2005 [18:51]

Chairmen of the Binagadi ConEC 2 #9 and Sumgayit ConEC 2 #42 arrested

Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan started crime case on the facts of severe violations of electoral legislation in Binagadi ConEC2 #9 and Sumgayit ConEC 2#42. The election results from both are announced unreliable under article 308.1 (abuse of duties) and 161.1 (forgery of election documents, miscounting of voices purposely, breaching the rule on secret voting) of the Criminal Code.
10 November 2005 [18:37]

Washington is pleased by the steps taken by Azerbaijani government against frauds during Elections

"The abolishment of the results in two constituencies is an indication that the Government of Azerbaijan is acting in response to the reported irregularities and fraud," said Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman of the US State Department.
10 November 2005 [18:12]

Chairman of CEC met with US Ambassador to discuss Election results

Chairman of Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov told the journalist that, the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were discussed during his meeting with the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Reno Harnish.
10 November 2005 [17:58]

OSCE chairman states that one of the keys to solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is stability factor in Azerbaijan

"If stability in Azerbaijan is violated regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be postponed on an indefinite time. If taking into consideration that we have quite approached solution of the conflict, sudden deterioration of the situation would be very bad," writes OSCE chairman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Dmitri Rupel in his article printed in "The Wall Street Journal".
10 November 2005 [17:48]

President Ilham Aliyev dismissed heads of Executive Powers of Sabirabad and Surakhani

President Ilham Aliyev signed decree on the dismissal of Heads of Executive Powers of Surakhani and Sabirabad.
10 November 2005 [17:31]

Anar Mamedkhanov: The post - election situation was predictable

Interview of Day.Az with a deputy from the 30 Surakhan district Anar Mamedkhanov.
10 November 2005 [13:36]

Candidate appeals President informing of violations that deprived him of his victory

The chairman of the Adalat (Justice) Party Ilyas Ismayilov appealed to the president of Azerbaijan.
10 November 2005 [13:11]

Opposition uses SMS to agitate people to participate in its demonstrations

Since yesterday oppositionists are sending population SMS calling to participate in the rally of "Azadliq" bloc at the square in front of "Qalaba" cinema.
10 November 2005 [13:05]

Ukraine supports OSCE preliminary statement on Elections in Azerbaijan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine issued a statement on the results of the parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan.
10 November 2005 [12:54]

Deputy President of Supreme Court of Israel will attend conference in Baku

Mishael Cheshin, Deputy President of Supreme Court of Israel will arrive in Baku tomorrow.
10 November 2005 [12:38]

NATO is ready to dispatch its peacekeeping forces on the South Caucasus

"NATO is ready to dislocate peacekeeping forces in the South Caucasus if it is necessary," stated NATO communication officer for the South Caucasus Romualdas Rajusk.
10 November 2005 [12:33]

Putin congratulated Ilham Aliyev with successful elections

President of Russia Vladimir Putin made a called to the head of the state Ilham Aliyev and congratulated Ilham Aliyev with successful democratic parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
09 November 2005 [21:09]

CEC annuled results of several polling stations in eights Binagadi precinct

Today the CEC adopted a decision to annul election results of some polling stations of eights Binagadi precinct.
09 November 2005 [20:44]

Official Norway thinks that November 6 Elections were far from satisfying international standards

Yesterday the Ambassador of Norway to Azerbaijan held a press conference on the results of the elections.
09 November 2005 [20:05]

NATO Secretary General makes statement on November 6 Elections

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer made a statement on the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
09 November 2005 [17:45]

"Azadliq" will hold another rally on November 12

Hasan Karimov, the deputy of PFPA chairman informed APA news agency that "Azadliq" bloc has made a decision on holding a rally-meeting on November 12 together with National Unity Movement.
09 November 2005 [17:11]

YAP sets rally on November 10

Yeni Azerbaijan Party (YAP) plans to hold a rally on November 20.
09 November 2005 [16:25]

Opposition started its rally in Baku - UPDATED

The oppositional block "Azadliq" along with "Yeni Siyaset" [New Politics] block and the Liberal Party of Azerbaijan have started their promised rally at the "20 January" subway station and are moving towards "Gelebe" movie theater were they will hold a meeting that was sanctioned by the city authorities.
09 November 2005 [14:36]

Even close relatives do not know where Rasul Guliev is

The whereabouts of ex-speaker, the head of Democratic Party of Azerbaijan, Rasul Guliyev are unknown even to his relatives.
09 November 2005 [14:29]

OSCE Long-term Observation Mission stays in Azerbaijan while other observers start to leave

"OSCE Long-term Observation Mission will stay in Baku until they make final statement on November 6 Elections held in Azerbaijan," said the Mission's coordinator on media Urdur Gunnadukhter.
09 November 2005 [14:08]

US Department of State released press statement on November 6 Elections

The statement of the US Department of State by Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman of the Department.
09 November 2005 [13:55]

EU releases statement on November 6 Elections

Statement of the Presidency of the European Union on the Parliamentary Elections in Azerbaijan.
09 November 2005 [13:48]

Term of the first session of newly elected Parliament will be known within 20 days

New Parliament is expected to hold its first sitting in the late November or early December.
08 November 2005 [20:44]

YAP is ready for a dialogue with opposition

"The authorities are ready for a dialogue with the opposition representatives, protesting against the results of the elections," said the executive secreatary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party (YAP) Ali Ahmedov.
08 November 2005 [19:57]

CEC cancels results in three constituencies

The the Central Election Committee (CEC) held a meeting on Tuesday. The meeting considered some complaints on the results of the voting and adopted appropriate decisions.
08 November 2005 [17:02]

YAP celebrates victory at 2005 parliamentary elections

"The ruling Yeni Azerbaijan party (YAP) won the 2005 parliamentary elections," the YAP executive secretary Ali Ahmedov told the news conference on 8 November, Trend reports.
08 November 2005 [15:34]

Bulgarian observers confirm elections validity

Member of the elections observation mission of Bulgaria held a news conference on Tuesday to sumerize the result of the monitoring of poll on 6 November, Trend reports.
08 November 2005 [15:25]

US State Department: We share the preliminary assessment of the OSCE observation mission

The US State Department called on the citizens of Azerbaijan to avoid violence while clearing out the issues of violations during the November 6 parliamentary elections, Trend reports citing "RIA Novosti".
08 November 2005 [14:53]

"Yeni Siyaset" block does not recognize the results of the elections

Yesterday "Yeni Siyaset"[New Politics] bloc held a press conference dedicated to the initial results of the parliamentary elections.
08 November 2005 [14:35]

Iranian observation mission confirms validity of elections

21-member delegation of Islamic Republic of Iran observed the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan (APA).
08 November 2005 [13:42]

Press secretary of Ilham Aliyev: OSCE/ODIHR's statement on elections was distorted due to a bad translation

"An interpreter of the international observation mission with a number of gross linguistic and lexical mistakes distorted the words uttered by the PA OSCE chairman during the news conference," said Azer Gasimov, the press-secretary of the Azerbaijani President.
08 November 2005 [13:24]

Ilham Aliyev's expresses his evaluation of the elections

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev valued the results of the parliamentary elections as positive in an interview to the Azerbaijan state television AzTV on Tuesday.
08 November 2005 [13:08]

International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) releases a preliminary statement on Elections

"The voting was generally calm. The observers assessed the voting process positively in 87 percent of the stations they have visited and negatively in 13 percent of polling stations" - concluded the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) in a preliminary statement released yesterday.
08 November 2005 [12:57]

Mazahir Panahov: Results of voting might be changed or abolished in about ten constituencies

Head of the Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov held a final press conference on the results of the parliamentary elections yesterday. He said that the "Elections" Information Center received the initial results: 46.8% of voters over the republic participated in the voting.
07 November 2005 [21:58]

US Embassy in Azerbaijan states that exit-poll by PA Consulting was flawless

The USAID ensured overhaul monitoring of the results of the exit poll conducted by the PA Government Services on the voting day in Azerbaijan to prevent undesirable impact on the results in favor of any candidate to deputies," reads a press release spread by the U.S. embassy to Azerbaijan.
07 November 2005 [21:17]

Andres Herkel: Government must not hinder political freedoms of opposition

"Freedom of assembly is one of the main political freedoms and if the Azerbaijani opposition expresses will to hold peaceful actions, the government must not hinder it," Andres Herkel, the PACE co-rapourteur on Azerbaijan, stated at a meeting with journalists on Monday.
07 November 2005 [21:09]

Azerbaijani Ombudsman thinks elections passed successfully

"The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan can be regarded as successful. They were democratic, transparent and fair guaranteed by the improved elections legislation system," Elmira Suleymanova, the Azerbaijani Ombudsman told Trend news agency.