New institute of management to ensure adequacy of presidential form of government to modern challenges - Ali Hasanov
“To create an efficient and flexible governance mechanism, and strengthen the vertical of executive power and executive discipline, it is proposed to create of an institute of vice-presidency, which has proved itself in international practice as a favorable mechanism to ensure prompt and effective management. The changes include the establishment of the posts of first vice-president and vice-presidents responsible for different spheres of life. The new institute of management will ensure the adequacy of the presidential form of government to modern challenges, and create conditions for optimal functionality of state governance mechanism in cases of force majeure, Ali Hasanov,” he said.
“Innovation now serves the idea of broadening the scope of economic reforms that have already been successfully implemented in the country. The formation of the new institute also clarifies the mechanism of execution of powers of the President of Azerbaijan, and state governance is insured against possible risks,” he said.
The presidential aide noted, the main idea of the constitutional reforms is to create necessary conditions for more efficient mechanisms state and economic governance.
“Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has described 2016 as the year of economic reforms, which has to lead Azerbaijan’s economy in accordance with the requirements of the post-oil period. The main priorities of the new phase will increase the competitiveness of the domestic economy in the international space. The roadmap has already been drawn up of new economic reforms that will define common objectives to be achieved by 2025 and in years to follow. I believe that the prospect of a deep economic transformation requires a corresponding change and creation of better mechanisms to implement the targets ahead. Therefore, of course, we should expect consistent and concrete steps to reform the public administration,” Ali Hasanov noted.
As for the CoE Venice Commission criticizing the proposed modifications to Azerbaijan’s Constitution, Ali Hasanov stressed that this will only harm the commission’s own image because it has fulfilled a political order under pressure.
“The commission, which used to consider issues like this in three months, has in two weeks developed and issued a hasty opinion full of inaccuracies and serious mistakes, disregarding the Azerbaijani side’s right to being heard. Based on the experience of cooperation with the Venice Commission and also considering the nature of its operation, we can say in confidence that this organization has harmed its own image by fulfilling a political order under pressure,” Ali Hasanov noted.