Azeri top court OKs vote to end presidential limit

Parliament, dominated by pro-government parties, is expected to meet on Dec. 26 to decide on calling the referendum.

Azeri top court OKs vote to end presidential limit

Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday parliament could call a referendum on scrapping a two-term presidential limit, potentially prolonging Ilham Aliyev's grip on power in the oil-producing state.

The constitution limits Aliyev's rule to two consecutive terms. His mandate expires in 2013.

The court's chief judge, Farhad Abdullayev, said there were no legal obstacles to parliament agreeing to sanction a referendum that must approve the constitutional change.

"A draft sent by parliament ... does not contradict the constitution and can be put to a popular vote," Abdullayev told the court's session.

Parliament, dominated by pro-government parties, is expected to meet on Dec. 26 to decide on calling the referendum. An assessment by the Constitutional Court is part of the legal process.

Ilham Aliyev, 46, won a second term in October in a landslide election boycotted by the opposition and faulted by European monitors as less than democratic.

The president is criticised for concentrating too much power in his own hands although he remains popular after years of an economic boom triggered by high energy prices while the opposition remains weak and fractured.

Police broke up a protest over the referendum by a dozen opposition activists near the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.

Before being pushed away by police, the protesters unfurled banners saying "Down with monarchy!" and "We do not need a king!"

Reuters

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Isa Yusibov, World Union of Azerbaijan Political
Isa Yusibov, World Union of Azerbaijan Political - 10 yıl Before

Why is European community so angry about the circumstances and political situation in Zimbabwe,while they keep their "democratic eyes" closed for the situation in Azerbaijan?How will they accept it-a country within the borders of Europe,ruled by king's dynasty?

Do not make us victims of your oil-policy!!!!

Best regards,,,