Newly-elected Azerbaijani parliament holds first session

By: Aynur Karimova

_: The first session of the Azerbaijani Parliament of the fifth convocation, elected on November 1 election, kicked off on November 24.

The session which was attended by President Ilham Aliyev, re-elected Ogtay Asadov the speaker of the parliament, while Ziyafat Asgarov was elected the first deputy speaker, and Bahar Muradova and Valeh Alasgarov – deputy speakers of the parliament.

The head of state addressed the session.

The Parliament of the fifth convocation includes representatives of 10 political parties. These are 69 members of the New Azerbaijan Party, two members of the Civil Unity Party, while 8 political parties won one parliamentary seat each. The rest 44 people received mandates as independent MPs.

The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were transparent and democratic, and no complaint has been reported by local and international observers. Some 767 candidates took part in the election.

The voter turnout in the parliamentary election was 55.7 percent. Over 2.89 million voters participated in the election, which is 6 percent more than in the previous elections.


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