| Political Profile|
The latest constitution of Azerbaijan was adopted on November 12, 1995 (for more information please visit (http://www.meclis.gov.az/cons/index.htm). The Constitution provides for the executive power in the country to be vested in a Head of State, who is popularly elected for a maximum of two five-year terms and who appoints, in coordination with parliament, the prime minister and other senior executive officials at ministerial and head of state committee level. (For a list of government officials and their contact details please click here. The next presidential elections are scheduled for 2008.
The legislative authority resides in a 125-member unicameral parliament, National Assembly (Milli Mejlis) (for more information please visit http://www.meclis.gov.az/ ). The 2002 amendment to the Constitution eliminated the proportional list element of the elections in favour of the single-mandate constituencies system. The elections to the National Assembly are now held from 125 single-mandate constituencies by universal adult suffrage for a five-year term. The latest parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan took place on November 6, 2005.
The judicial structure includes a Constitutional Court, Supreme Court and High Economic Court as well as lower level general and specialised courts. (for more information please visit http://www.constcourt.gov.az/)
The Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic enjoys the autonomous status within Azerbaijan with its own parliament. Azerbaijan has a multi-party system representing the whole spectre of political preferences in the country. The last parliamentary elections of 6 November 2005 resulted in considerable victory by the New Azerbaijan Party (Yeni Azerbaijan Partiyasi). This party now holds the significant majority in the legislative body of Azerbaijan.