ArmInfo.Dismissing the Azerbaijani parliament, President Ilham Aliyev may also voice the reasons that prompted him to make such a decision, lawmaker from the parliamentary faction of the "My Step" bloc, deputy Chairman of the National Assembly's Foreign Relations Committee Hovhannes Igityan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"It's too early to discuss the motivation and clear reasons for the dissolution of the parliament yet. The situation will become clear after Aliyev's decision, he'll probably explain the reasons. In any case, the lawmakers of the Milli Majlis are still silent. But judging by the rather poor information in the Azerbaijani media the ruling party was "advised" to consider the issue of dissolving the parliament. It is rather difficult to determine who has given that advise and for what reasons. I think that someone from Aliyev's inner circle, or maybe he himself did that, "the parliamentarian said.
On November 28, at an emergency meeting of the political council of the ruling (Yeni) New Azerbaijan Party, a decision was made to dissolve the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan. It is expected that the MPs will ask President Ilham Aliyev to dissolve the parliament, after which the decision will be officially announced. Most of the mandates in the Azerbaijani parliament belong to lawmakers from the ruling party. Yeni Azerbaijan explains the decision to hold early elections by "the need to support the reform course." The next elections to the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan were to be held in November 2020.
Noting that, according to Azerbaijani law, the dissolution of the parliament should have clear reasons, Igityan suggested that, most likely, New Azerbaijan will abandon the conventions and simply ask the president to dissolve the parliament.
Igityan does not clearly understand the wording of his Azerbaijani colleagues, according to which "the parliament does not keep pace with the reforms and policies of the president." According to him, the demands voiced at opposition rallies in Baku, that have been particularly active recently, have come down to the release of political prisoners, the holding of transparent, free elections, and general dissatisfaction with the authorities. In this light, the parliamentarian does not think that Aliyev intends to somehow satisfy these requirements with his reforms. There is simply no such atmosphere in power.
"It is possible that the dissolution of the parliament to one degree or another is due to the long-running struggle and the redistribution of property between the clans ruling in Azerbaijan. Clans have traditionally fought and are fighting not only in Azerbaijan, but throughout the post-Soviet space. And it seems to me that if this initiative really comes from Aliyev, the president, apparently, does not believe that the current parliament fully reflects his interests, "Igityan summed up.