Azerbaijan’s ruling party has decided to ask President Ilham Aliyev to call an early parliamentary election and has initiated the dissolution of parliament, a top party official said on Thursday, a month after a major government shake-up.
The decision was taken at the Yeni Azerbaijan party’s political council meeting, party executive secretary Ali Akhmedov told reporters, adding it aimed to support the president’s policy on reforms and personnel changes.
The next election is not due until November 2021, but the president has the right to dissolve the parliament and call early election. The vote should take place three months after the parliament is dissolved.
As Akhmedov said, the early election would help modernize the country’s legislative branch and speed the course of economic reforms.
Milli Mejlis consists of 125 MPs who are elected for 5 years.