The Azerbaijani parliament asked to be dissolved on the initiative of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) – for the first time of our country's history. Consequently, the Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court ruled in favour of the dissolution and the Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev signed a decree to hold snap elections on 9 February in accordance with the Article 98 of our constitution. Although this came as a surprise for many, others see this development as the parliament's response to the reform agenda led by President Aliyev. In fact, early elections could be regarded as a positive step for our country's democratic evolution, having great potential to accelerate the pace of reforms whilst modernising our legislative organ. After playing a significant role in the oil map of Europe for more than a decade, Azerbaijan opens a new chapter in EU gas consumption. We successfully completed the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) this month, which will transfer Azerbaijani gas to Europe. However, the need for reform is obvious. Our economy can no longer rely on our vast energy resources and, like our European partners, we have to put a greater focus on economic diversification and green transition. In order to achieve this… Read full this story
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