RamilHUSEYNOV
31 Jan 2017

CONSTITUTION

 

The Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Continuing the centuries-long statehood traditions, taking as a basis the principles expressed in the Constitution act “On the State Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, desiring to provide prosperity and welfare of the whole society and each individual, wishing to establish freedom and security, understanding the responsibility before the past, present and future generations, using the right of its sovereignty declares solemnly its following intentions:

  – to protect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

  – to provide a democratic system within the frames of the Constitution;

  – to achieve the establishment of a civil society;

  – to build a law-based, secular state to provide the command of law as an expression of the will of the nation;

  – to provide a worthy life level for everybody in conformity with just economic and social order;

  – to remain faithful to universal human values, to live in peace and freedom with all the nations of the world and co-operate with them for this purpose.

Having in mind the above-enumerated sincere intentions the Present Constitution is adopted through the general poll of population referendum.

CONTENTS

FIRST SECTION: GENERAL

Chapter I. PEOPLE’S POWER
Chapter II. BASIS OF STATE

SECOND SECTION: BASIC RIGHTS, LIBERTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Chapter III. BASIC RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF A PERSON AND CITIZEN
Chapter IV. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF CITIZENS

THIRD SECTION: STATE POWER

Chapter V. LEGISLATIVE POWER
Chapter VI. EXECUTIVE POWER
Chapter VII. JUDICIAL POWER
Chapter VIII. NAKHICHEVAN AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC

FORTH SECTION: LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT

Chapter IX. MUNICIPALITIES

FIFTH SECTION: THE RIGHT AND THE LAW

Chapter X. LEGISLATIVE SYSTEM
Chapter XI. CHANGES IN CONSTITUTION OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC
Chapter XII. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

TRANSITIONAL CLAUSES

Chapter I. PEOPLE’S POWER

Article 1. The source of power

I. The sole source of state power in the Azerbaijan Republic are the people of Azerbaijan.

II. People of Azerbaijan are citizens of the Azerbaijan Republic living on the territory of the Az-erbaijan Republic and outside it who are subordinate to the Azerbaijan state and its laws which does not exclude standards of international legislation.

Article 2. Sovereignty of people

I. Sovereign right of the Azerbaijanian people is the right of free and independent determination of their destiny and establishment of their own form of governance.

II. The people of Azerbaijan exercise their sovereign right directly-by way of nation-wide voting-referendum, and through their representatives elected based on universal, equal and direct suffrage by way of free, secret and personal ballot.

Article 3. Questions solved by way of nation-wide voting-referendum

I. People of Azerbaijan may solve any questions involving their rights and interests by way of referendum.

II. The following questions may be solved only by way of referendum:

1. acceptance of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic and introduction of amendments thereto;

2. change of state borders of the Azerbaijan Republic.

III. The referendum can not be held with respect to the following issues:

1. Taxation and state budget

2. Amnesty and pardon

3. “Election, appointment or approval of the officials, whose election, appointment or approval has been accordingly referred to the competences of the legislative and (or) executive bodies”.

Article 4. Right to represent the people

No one except authorized representatives elected by the people will have the right to represent the people, speak on behalf of people and to make statements on behalf of people.

Article 5. Unity of people

I. The people of Azerbaijan are united

II. Unity of the Azerbaijanian people constitutes the basis of the Azerbaijanian state. Azerbaijan Republic is mutual and indivisible motherland for all citizens of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 6.Inadmissibility of usurpation of power

I. No part of people of Azerbaijan, no social group or organization, no individual may usurp the right for execution of power.

II. Usurpation of power is the most grave crime against the people.

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Source: President.Az

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