Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the current president of Azerbaijan declared an early presidential election on Feb 7 which was originally scheduled to be held in Oct 2025.
Azerbaijan is rich in oil and natural gas and country’s Lesser Caucasus region is rich in gold, silver, iron, copper and other natural resources. Two-thirds of the nation’s revenue is from oil and gas making Azerbaijan one of the highest percentages of any country in the world.
Aliyev’s popularity in Azerbaijan has doubled after the government restored the full territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan and according to the state news agency AzerTag, Azerbaijan ensures equality of rights and freedom for all beyond ethnicity, religion and language.
“We showed the whole world the strength, determination and indomitable spirit of the Azerbaijani people,” President Ilham Aliyev said while addressing the national armed forces in November.
Under the leadership and popularity of Aliyev, the United Nations’ next climate conference COP29 will be held in Azerbahijan’s capital Baku in Nov 2024.
The modern Republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence on 30 Aug 1991, prior to that it was incorporated into the Soviet Union. Former president Mr. Heydar Alirza Aliyev was not only instrumental in gaining independence for Azerbaijan but he is also the father of the modern republic and a great leader of the people.
Mr. Ilham Aliyev has been president since 2003 and is a popular political personality in Azerbaijan. He is also contesting for another term under the New Azerbaijan Party founded on 21 Nov 1992 under the leadership of his father, Heydar Aliyev. The objectives of his party are to build a ‘social-oriented’ economy and to strengthen democratic values.
The former Motherland Party member Zahid Oruj is another presidential candidate, now standing as an independent candidate. He also contested against IlhamAliyev in 2018 election and lost.
Another powerful candidate for February election is university lecturer Mr. Razi Nurullayev and chairman of National Front Party.
The upcoming election not only tests the popularity of the current president but also serves to strengthen the democratic system of Azerbaijan towards making it a powerhouse in the region.