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President Ilham Aliyev: Heydar Aliyev and Yeni Azerbaijan Party are our political line

“The "Yeni Azerbaijan Party" is the leading political force in Azerbaijan and the biggest party of the South Caucasus. Our party has been in power for 20 years,” President Ilham Aliyev said at the Fifth Congress of the "Yeni Azerbaijan Party."

“All categories and age groups of our society are united by our party and work for the successful development of our country.

In the period that has passed since the previous congress, our party has become even stronger. There has been a large influx of people to our party. The party now numbers more than 600,000 people. This in itself is an indicator that the goals and ideas of the party are very attractive. In particular, it is very encouraging that young people are joining the party. This shows that the activities, ideas of the party and its role in society appeal to people, and the activities of the party enjoy great popular support.”

“The establishment of the "Yeni Azerbaijan Party" in 1992 was a historic event, as we all well remember only too well that the first years of independence were very difficult for our country. The then authorities were leading the country to an abyss. Incompetent, inept and incompetent people dealt a severe blow to the state independence of Azerbaijan.

Therefore, the people who rallied around Heydar Aliyev first of all showed great courage, because the then government did not even sanction the founding congress of the party to take place in Baku.

On the other hand, these actions were motivated by their love of the motherland.

The work done by Heydar Aliyev in the 1970s and 1980s, his contribution to the development of Azerbaijan, his activities and courageous steps on the eve of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the condemnation of the 20 January massacre, his severing himself from the ranks of the Communist Party, the declaration of the flag of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic as the national flag in Nakhchivan, the renaming of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, the refusal to conduct a referendum on the preservation of the Soviet Union - all this, of course, multiplied people’s love for Heydar Aliyev tenfold. The establishment of the "Yeni Azerbaijan Party" in November 1992 gave people great hope.

Finally, an end was to be put to negative phenomena, a serious political force and a political system were about to emerge in Azerbaijan.”

He said, “The "Yeni Azerbaijan Party" was in opposition to the then anti-national and corrupt government. The main ideas of the "Yeni Azerbaijan Party" were statehood, independence, development and security. After our party ascended to power, these ideas and these factors became a reality in Azerbaijan.”