Azerbaijani parliament discusses draft law on ex-presidents

Azerbaijani parliament discusses draft law on ex-presidents
# 25 October 2011 09:35 (UTC +04:00)
Speaker of the parliament Ogtay Asadov congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on the election of Azerbaijan as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Following this, the draft “Constitutional law of Azerbaijan Republic on security of ex-president of Azerbaijan Republic and the members of his family” has been put forward for discussion. Chairman of the parliament’s committee for legal policy and statehood Ali Huseynli is introducing the draft law.

The draft law consists of 12 items. “Former president” is considered the person, who was President of Azerbaijan Republic, was President and died, and the person, whose authority was terminated in line with article 104 of the Constitution. The law also contains notions of president’s spouse and dependent children. This notion envisages the president’s child under 18, the dependent child, including adopted child or stepchild.

According to the law, the pension of former president is equal to the 50 percent of the monthly salary of the incumbent president. According to article 107 of the Constitution, the president ousted in terms of impeachment, has no right to get this pension.

The document also covers the allowance for the spouse of the deceased president and dependent family member. After the death of former president, allowance in the amount of 50 percent of the monthly pension is to be paid to the spouse or to the dependent child. If former president dies in office, the allowance equal to the president’s pension is to be paid to the spouse or dependent child. If there is more than one dependent child, the allowance will be paid to them after being divided into equal parts.

According to the law, the pension and the other payments must be paid to the ex-president from deserting his presidential post till his death. If the ex-president dies, it must be paid to the spouse of the ex-president, to the child until he or she reaches 18. In general, the payment of pension and grants and other provisions will be considered in the state budget. The pension and grants paid to the ex-presidents are free from tax.

The clauses of any law and rules on medical supply determined for civil service will also concern ex-president and his (her) family members.

The law considers to give 3 security staffs, one driver, one service car, the payment of representation expenses in amount of 20% of monthly salary of person, who is in the presidential post, and to give a diplomatic passport for life to ex-president and his (her) spouse.

Ex-president can not be brought to administrative or criminal responsibility for the acts made before his (her) election or during fulfilling its obligations. His (her) spouse will not be brought to the demonstrative and criminal responsibility for the acts made by ex-president during the period of fulfilling the obligations or previous periods. Ex-president can’t be brought to responsibility, detained, examined without the consent of the General Prosecutor except the detention on the scene of the crime.

According to the law, the archive consisting of copies of personal correspondence documents is kept in ex-president’s order.
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