BAKU, October 19 (Itar-Tass) - Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev assured he would continue doing everything possible for the country’s development, for the people’s wellbeing. He said so in his inauguration speech on Saturday.
Aliyev, who was elected to the highest state position for the third time, thanked the nation, which had demonstrated its trust. He said the presidential election “has reflected fully the will of the people of Azerbaijan.”
“The election was transparent, fair, free, and the results reflect the will of the people of Azerbaijan. Thus, the people of Azerbaijan appreciated the work made over past ten years,” the president said.
Aliyev continued saying ten years earlier that he was elected president for the first time, he promised to adhere to the politics of his father and predecessor Geidar Aliyev. This year’s election has demonstrated the people support the politics, he added.
While speaking about the achievements over that period, Aliyev pointed to stability.
“We have managed to protect Azerbaijan from all risks and threats.” He said the reforms implemented during his presidency and the initiatives “have strengthened the country and let it maintain the stable growth dynamics.”
President Aliyev stressed settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remained a priority of the country’s foreign policy.
“Nagorny Karabakh is Azerbaijan’s integral part. There can be no compromises in the issue of the territory integrity,” he said.
The president spoke about the tasks for the upcoming five-year period stressing he would continue the trend for diversifying the economy, for industrialisation, settlement of social issues, absolute food security, development of information and communication technologies, and more active fighting corruption and bribery.