December 2, 2019 / 10:10 AM / 5 days ago

Azeri parliament asks to be dissolved, calls for snap elections

(Corrects date of next election to 2020, not 2021, in second paragraph)

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan’s parliament on Monday formally asked President Ilham Aliyev to dissolve it and to schedule new parliamentary elections.

The next election is not due until November 2020, but the president has the right to dissolve the parliament and call an early election. The call from parliament comes a month after a major government shake-up.

(This story corrects date of next election to 2020, not 2021, in second paragraph)

Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova

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