Looking for websites for Azerbaijani political parties or the Central Election Commission? Need to brush up on your memory of Azerbaijan’s recent political history? Dig into the websites and brief timeline below.

Government
Azerbaijan Central Election Commission
http://www.cec.gov.az/
Read the full text of Azerbaijan’s election code and CEC decisions related to the 2005 parliamentary elections, In English, Russian, French and German.

Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan
http://www.constitutional-court-az.org/index.php
Browse through Azerbaijan's five-chapter constitution to learn more about citizens' constitutional rights. In Azeri, English and Russian.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
http://www.president.az/
Basic information on the structure of Azerbaijan's government, updates from the presidential press service and promotional articles on Azerbaijani history and culture. In Azeri, English and RussianGerman.

Political Parties
Azadlig (Freedom) Bloc
http://www.azadlig.org
A photo gallery, updates on demonstration plans and official statements from Azerbaijan's largest opposition alliance. In Azeri only.

Democratic Party of Azerbaijan
http://www.gouliev.com
The personal website of the Democratic Party's leader, Rasul Guliyev. Full text of speeches and interviews available in Azeri, English or Russian.

Isa Gambar (Musavat Party)
http://www.isagambar.az/
The personal site of the Musavat Party leader doubles as a website for the party as a whole. (The party site is still under construction: http://www.musavat.org. In Azeri and English.

Lala Shovket (Liberal Party of Azerbaijan)
http://www.lalashevket.az
The personal website of the Liberal Party's leader, Lala Shovket, contains a photo, video and audio gallery in English, Russian and Azeri.

Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan
http://www.axcp.org
Speeches by party leader Ali Kerimli, news updates and a photo and video gallery. In Azeri, English and Russian.

Yeni Azerbaycan Partiyasi (Yeni Azerbaijan Party)
http://www.yap.org.az/
Official site of Azerbaijan's ruling party, with press releases and details about party structure and history. In Azeri only.

Civil Society

Open Society Institute - Assistance Foundation
http://www.osi-az.org/indexen.shtml
A non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1997 to develop and promote an open society in Azerbaijan.

Center for Civic Initiatives
http://www.cci-az.org/
Basic information in English or Azeri about this NGO's work promoting democratic reform in Azerbaijan.

IFES-Azerbaijan
http://www.ifesaze.org/defaultE.aspx

Information on election resources and regional democracy assistance programs.

International Republican Institute
http://www.iri.org.az/
Party profiles and details on IRI's programs with Azerbaijani political parties, women, youth and parliament.

National Democratic Institute
http://www.ndi.org/worldwide/eurasia/azerbaijan/azerbaijan.asp
Contact information for NDI in Baku and basic information about the organization's activities.

Media

AzTV
http://www.aztv.az/
Azerbaijan's state-run television and radio broadcaster

AzerTaj
http://www.azertag.com/
Azerbaijan's state-run news agency. In English, Russian or Azeri.

Caspian Business News
http://www.caspianbusinessnews.com
A weekly newspaper with coverage of business and politics in Caspian Sea countries, as well as Georgia, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia. (By subscription only)

Lider TV
http://www.lidertv.com/
Privately run, pro-government television channel

Turan Information Agency
http://www.turaninfo.com/
Online coverage of politics, religion, energy and more, updated throughout the day

Trend Information Agency
http://www.trend.az/
Headline news in Azeri, Russian or English.

Zerkalo
http://www.zerkalo.az/
Pro-opposition Russian-language daily.

International Organizations

Council of Europe: Azerbaijan Profile Page
http://www.coe.int/T/e/com/about_coe/member_states/e_az.asp
Information on delegation members and Azerbaijanšs contribution to the CoE budget.

Mission of Azerbaijan to the European Union
http://www.azerbaijan-eu.com/main.php
Brief overview of Azerbaijanšs relations with the EU and contact details for the mission

Mission of Azerbaijan to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
http://www.nato.int/pfp/azerbaijan/homepage.htm
Details on areas of NATO cooperation, from the Individual Partnership Action Plan to civil emergency planning.

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Baku Office
http://www.osce.org/baku/
Updates on OSCE activities in the field and areas of interest

United Nations in Azerbaijan
http://www.un-az.org/
One-stop site for information ranging from the UNšs work with refugees to development strategies

History at a Glance
2003 Ilham Aliyev elected president in disputed vote; brutal crackdown against opposition protestors follows.
2002 Constitutional reforms
2000 Parliamentary elections
1995 Parliamentary elections
1994 Contract of the Century signed for development of Caspian Sea oil fields
1988-1994 Conflict with Armenia over predominantly ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno Karabakh in Azerbaijan; cease-fire signed in 1994
1993-2003 Presidency of Heydar Aliyev
1992-1993 Presidency of Abulfaz Elchibey
1991-1992 Presidency of Ayaz Mutalibov, Azerbaijan’s first post-Soviet leader
1991 Azerbaijan declares independence from USSR; collapse of USSR
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