EXECUTIVE POWER

According to Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic, the sole system of executive power consists of upper, central and local executive power bodies. This system covers the main majority of state bodies and employees and is entitled to the wide rights. Implementation of laws is the major function of the executive power. The executive power of the Republic of Azerbaijan is held by the President of the Azerbaijan Republic. Presidents must be the natural citizens of Azerbaijan of higher education, at least thirty five years of age, residing in Azerbaijan for not less than ten years, eligible to vote and not charged with any grave crimes, and without any previous commitments to any other country. The President of the Azerbaijan Republic is elected for the term of five years through common and direct voting. The President is the head of state according to the political system of Azerbaijan Republic. The Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic provides for expand powers of the President. He has a power to appoint and release the Prime Minister by agreement with the Milli Majlis. The President dismisses the Cabinet of Ministers and appoints and releases members of the Cabinet of Ministers. The President of the Azerbaijan Republic introduces the state budget in the Milli Majlis for approval. The President of the Azerbaijan Republic regulates directly the work of the government. The President of the Azerbaijan Republic presents the candidates for positions of judges of the Constitutional Courts, the Supreme Court of the Azerbaijan Republic and the Court of Appeal of the Azerbaijan Republic; appoints judges of other courts of the Azerbaijan Republic; appoints and releases the Prosecutor General of the Azerbaijan Republic by agreement of the Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic.

The President signs laws introduced to him within 56 days. If the President does nor agree with a law, he does not sign it and may return it to the Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan republic along with his protest within the same period of time.

The President strikes international intergovernmental contracts, introduces international intergovernmental agreements in the Milli Majlis for approval or annul; signs certificates.

The President of the Azerbaijan Republic establishes the Security Council and governs it. The head of state issues a decree on the military or emergency state and introduces it in the Milli Majlis within 24 hours. Under the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic the President of the Azerbaijan Republic settles all other issues not related to the functions of the Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic and judicial bodies of the Azerbaijan Republic.

The President of the Azerbaijan Republic has wide power as for international political activity. The President is the plenipotentiary representative of the Republic in official visits and international talks. Moreover, the President of the Azerbaijan Republic receives the credentials of the diplomatic representatives of foreign countries, appoints and withdraws the country's diplomatic representatives in foreign countries and international organizations.