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Azerbaijan’s ruling party claims win in parliamentary elections

BAKU: The ruling party in Azerbaijan regained its power by winning 2/3 majority in the election 2020 whereas a number of independent candidates also won their seats possibly strengthening President Ilham Aliyev’s position.

Based on the results from the 125 constituencies, the ruling party (New) Azerbaijan Party (YAP) won 72 seats in the Milli Majlis, their National Assembly, while independent candidates won 44 seats and the remaining 11 seats were secured by the other parties.

To ensure free and fair elections, dozens of foreign observers and journalists were invited to monitor the polls including Germany, Britain, French, Danish, Bosnian, Ukrainian, Canadian, EU, and many more. A majority of well- known observers have endorsed the electoral process as ‘free, transparent and fair’.

Head of Islamabad-based think tank Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) Khalid Taimur, who was also invited as an observer, said the polls were ‘fair and well-organised’.

Talking to the media representative in Baku, Taimur expressed his satisfaction over the election highlighting that the international standards were followed. The election results will help the Aliyev government work for the betterment of the people of Azerbaijan. Many others from the world also hailed the electoral process.

Azerbaijan’s snap elections were held on February 9, in which 19 political parties took part. Only one political party boycotted the elections. The official statistics said that 6,189 new voters voted for the first time among 5.3 million total voters. Voter’s turnout was 47.81pc, demonstrating increased political consciousness among the people.

In accordance with the Azeri constitutional provision to ensure adequate representation of women in the Parliament, 79 per cent parliamentarians were males and 21 per cent females. Azerbaijan could be considered as a secular democracy with no discrimination on the basis of religion and faith.

Earlier, talking to the media representative in Baku, Hikmet Hajiyev, Assistant to the President and Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration said that Azerbaijan is currently moving diligently and steadily on path of development and will certainly be recognized as a bridge between regional countries in promoting political, economic and commercial ties. Azerbaijan is currently member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with the status of dialogue partner. Comprehensive discussions are on-going with the SCO team for further development of mutually beneficial cooperation. Under the guidance of the popular President Ilham Aliyev, it is also aiming to become a hub for interfaith and intercultural integration.