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of October 15, 2021 No. 385-VIQ

About the Independence Day

National council of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, having signed on May 28, 1918 the Declaration of independence, declared for the whole world independence of Azerbaijan, carried on centuries-old traditions of statehood of our people. The first parliament, the government of Azerbaijan were in a short space of time created, its state attributes are founded, borders are determined, important measures in the field of the state construction are taken, the important steps directed to recognition of the Republic as the subject of system of the international relations, protection of national interests in the diplomatic plane are taken. The laws adopted by the parliament which just got to work played thorough role in strengthening of national independence, ensuring political, economic and cultural development, fixing of democratic principles in the country. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic which existed only 23 months had significant effect on forming of democratic traditions in the Muslim East.

On October 18, 1991 the Constitutional act "About the State Independence of the Azerbaijan Republic" was adopted. In the Constitutional act the reference to the Declaration of independence of May 28, 1918 and the Declaration of the Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan Republic "About recovery of the state independence of the Azerbaijan Republic" of August 30, 1991 was contained, it was fixed that the Azerbaijan Republic is successor of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. Thus, based on the Constitutional act "About the State Independence of the Azerbaijan Republic" the Azerbaijani people recovered on October 18, 1991 the independence.

On October 18, 2021 30 years from the date of recovery of independence of the Azerbaijan Republic are performed. For the first time after 1991 the Azerbaijani people celebrate this holiday absolutely differently as the winner people which recovered the territorial integrity. In this context more exact designation of extremely important stages in the history of our statehood, in particular, of such historical dates as finding and recovery of independence according to their essence and content is of great importance.

Based on Item 1 of part I of article 94 of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic, Millie Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic, considering declaration on May 28, 1918 as the Declaration of independence of the state independence of the Azerbaijan Republic and recovery on October 18, 1991 as the Constitutional act "About the State Independence of the Azerbaijan Republic" of the state independence of the Azerbaijan Republic, DECIDES:

Article 1. Declare on May 28 the Independence Day.

Article 2. Announce on October 18 in the Afternoon of recovery of independence.

Article 3. To annually celebrate the Independence Day and Day of recovery of independence as holidays.

President of the Azerbaijan Republic

Ilham Aliyev


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