Early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for September 1st.

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Early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for September 1st.

It is not anticipated that the much awaited judgment will significantly alter the makeup of the parliament.

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan announced early parliamentary elections on September 1 in an order that was made public on Friday. This was a highly anticipated move that isn’t likely to drastically change the makeup of the parliament, according to Reuters.

Aliyev, who has been in power since 2003 and has been courted by the West, Russia, and Turkey, is anticipated to win a fresh majority in the oil-rich country after winning a hurried presidential election in February. In the outgoing parliament, his New Azerbaijan Party currently has 69 out of 125 members.

Early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for September 1st.

While Aliyev’s opponents outside the legislature argue they have been persecuted after a number of independent journalists and political activists were arrested prior to this year’s presidential election, which Aliyev won with 92% of the vote, the opposition legislators in the parliament back Aliyev.

Some of those detained faced charges for offenses including smuggling that they alleged had political motivations. The officials said that the arrests were not politically motivated.

Although Baku asserted that leaders of the once breakaway province of Nagorno-Karabakh were illegitimate ethnic Armenians, Aliyev applauded the triumph of a rapid onslaught in September.

Baku is now renovating the area in order to relocate Azerbaijanis there after almost all of the over 100,000 ethnic Armenians in the area fled.

BP and other Western energy corporations have operations in Azerbaijan. It is a party to the “OPEC+” pact, which sets output restrictions in order to preserve world prices. This agreement is between Russia and the other major exporters, including the organization of oil producers known as OPEC.

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