Understanding Azerbaijani Politics

It is not always easy to understand Azerbaijani politics. This is because the practical reality of Azerbaijani politics seems to be quite different from what is written in the laws and in the constitution (and what you’d expect in a modern democracy). But then again, one has to understand that the modern Azerbaijani republic is a relatively young one — having regained independence (from the former Soviet Union) in 1991. It is therefore a republic whose democracy is still growing.

For instance, on paper, Azerbaijani is a multiparty democracy. But in practice, the opposition parties find it very hard to win any seats. Take the 2010 parliamentary elections: where out of the 125 seats vied for, opposition parties failed to win any. All seats were won by the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party and its allies.

One also gets the impression that Azerbaijan is, for all practical reasons, under a quasi-monarchial arrangement. This becomes clear after noting the firm grip on power that its president Ilham Aliyev and people around him have. Matters become more complicated when you learn that the current president is a son of the immediate former president, Heydar Aliyev. So you get an idea as to the type of political arrangement we are dealing with here. Still, there are many Azerbaijani citizens who seem to be quite happy with the leadership offered by the Aliyev family.

Yet in spite of the complexity of its politics, Azerbaijan remains a good nation to visit and live in. It is also a highly affordable destination. Indeed, even an average worker at, say, the US Postal Service may be in a position to afford a tour to Azerbaijan – using the paychecks obtained at the Liteblue portal. In fact, the bigger challenge for such an employee is likely to be in finding the time to visit Azerbaijan, not the money. But to deal with that challenge, one just has to visit the usps lite blue official site, login there — and they would be in a position to see when their annual leave is. Then they can use that annual leave to take a vacation to Azerbaijan: which as we have just noted, is a surprisingly affordable (yet enjoyable) destination.

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