Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s decree to set the date of a snap presidential election on April 11, 2018, has become a kind of “information bomb.” The Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan has been charged to organize and conduct the presidential election in compliance with the Election Code. The regular presidential election was supposed to be held in October of 2018. The president’s aide for public and political affairs Ali Hasanov has already called the nation to support the incumbent president at the snap election.
Although the president’s decision was unexpected, some rumors about it had been spread yet long ago. Yet in October 2016, Aliyev had to refute rumors about a snap presidential election. “We have no plans to change the election date. I am informed of the rumors inside and outside Azerbaijan. There are no such plans. I see no need for that,” Aliyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti then. It appears that the plans have changed now. Why?
REAL Movement Executive Secretary Natig Jafarli says with regret that the authorities provide no information about the reasons why the president announced the snap election. Jafarli assumes there might be several reasons.