Chair of the Milli Majlis
Sahiba Ali ghizi Gafarova
- Welcoming address
I welcome you at the website of the Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic.
The Milli Majlis that has 125 members discharges the legislative power in the Azerbaijan Republic. The tenure of parliament convocation is 5 years long.
The 6th Milli Majlis was formed consequent to the election held on 9 February 2020. Whilst the representatives of 11 political parties were elected to the unicameral parliament, the majority of the seats are occupied by the New Azerbaijan Party, which is the leading political force of the society.
There are lauded political and public figures, scientists and specialists, people of letters and other cultural luminaries amongst the MPs; 22 of the MPs are women.
The Milli Majlis has in action 15 committees, 2 commissions and the working groups for relations with the parliaments of more than 80 countries.
The Milli Majlis founded the Chamber of Accounts of the Azerbaijan Republic in order that it would oversee the parliamentary budgets.
Every year, the Milli Majlis hears the accounts, reports and information bulletins of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Chamber of Accounts, the Commissioner (ombudsman) for Human Rights, the government authority controlling the municipalities’ activities, the National Counter-Human Trade Action Co-ordinator and the government authority supervising the maintenance of the gender equality in the country.
The work of the Azerbaijani parliament is based on the principles of openness and transparency and the website that we now present to you is one manifestation of this approach. I am certain that the materials gathered on the website will help you better acquaint yourselves with the work and activities of the legislative authority of Azerbaijan.
Chair of the Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic
Doctor of Philology, Professor
Member of the New Azerbaijan Party.
Graduated with honors from the Baku Slavic University and the Azerbaijan University of Languages.
1981-2020 Senior lecturer, associated professor at the Baku Slavic University
2002-2004 Dean of the Faculty of Western languages at the Western University (Baku, Azerbaijan)
2004-2020 Vice-rector for international relations of the Baku Slavic University (pro bono during 2010-2020)
2006 Institute for Women's and Gender Studies of the Michigan University - Fulbright Student (scholarship of the US Department of State)
2010-up to date Member of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan- The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth convocations
2010-2020 Member of the delegation of Azerbaijan to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)
2012-2013 Chairperson of the Racism and Xenophobia Sub-Committee at the PACE
2014-2015 Chairperson of the Gender Equality Sub-Committee at the PACE
2015-2020 Deputy Chair of the Committee on Family, Women and Children issues of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2015-2017 General rapporteur on violence against women, Political coordinator of the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence of the PACE,
2016-2018 Chair of Migration, Refugees and Displaced persons Committee of PACE and member of PACE Bureau
2018-2020 Head of the delegation of Azerbaijan to the EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly
March 10, 2020 Speaker of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Currently: the Head of the delegations of Azerbaijan to the Non-Aligned Movement Parliamentary Network (NAM PN), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Member-Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS), Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States (TURK PA) and Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO), Parliamentary Assembly of the Association of South East Nations (AIPA).
In 2016, Prof. Dr Sahiba Gafarova was conferred by the order of H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the honorary title of “Honored teacher” for her contribution to the development of education.
Author of a monography, several books and scientific articles.
Speaks English, Turkish and Russian languages.
Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Meets with Ambassadors of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Croatia and Greece
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova has received the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Republic of Azerbaijan Omar Barakat Al-Nahar.
Speaker of Milli Majlis Receives Newly-Appointed Ambassadors of Russian Federation and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova received the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russian Federation to Azerbaijan Republic Mikhail Yevdokimov on 23 November.
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova met with a delegation led by President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Pia Kauma on 13 November.
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova had a meeting on 6 November with the visiting delegation led by Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković.
Chair of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Meets Participants of 3rd Sustainable Development Goals Dialogue
On 24 October, Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova met on 24 October with participants of the 3rd Sustainable Development Goals Dialogue, themed The Results of the Global SDGs Summit 2023 and the Role of Supreme Financial Control Bodies in the Implementation of the SDGs and held in Baku.
Chair of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Meets with Republic of Turkey’s Minister for Family and Social Services
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova had a meeting with the visiting Minister for Family and Social Services of the Republic of Türkiye Mahinur Özdemir Göktaş on 18 October.
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova had a meeting on 6 October with Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Vladimir Orlić who is in our country on an official visit.
Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Delivers a Speech at 56th Plenary Sitting of CIS IPA in Bishkek
The 56th plenary sitting of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States was held in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyz Republic, on 17 November. Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova delivered a speech at this meeting.
Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Delivers a Speech at International Conference in Bishkek on Chinghiz Aytmatov’s 95th Jubilee
Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova who is in the Kyrgyz Republic on a working trip has spoken at an international conference held in honour of the 95th jubilee of the great Kyrgyz writer Chinghiz Aytmatov.
Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Attended a Meeting of Council of CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly
A meeting of the Council of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (CIS IPA) was held in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyz Republic. A number of organisational and agenda issues were discussed at the meeting.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Speaks at Kyrgyz Republic Zhogorku Kengesh 85th Anniversary International Conference
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova took part, in the course of her current work trip to Kyrgyz Republic, in the international conference organised in honour of the 85th anniversary of the Kyrgyz legislature – the Zhogorku Kengesh (Supreme Council).
Chair of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova Speaks with Chair of Federation Council of Federal Assembly of Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova has had a conversation with Chair of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko during Mrs Gafarova’s current work trip to the Kyrgyz Republic.
A parliamentary delegation led by Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova arrived in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyz Republic, on a working visit on 15 November with a view to joining the scheduled events of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Speaks to Members of Korean National Assembly Friendship Group for Azerbaijan
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova, currently in the Republic of Korea on an official visit, has had a meeting with Head of the Korean National Assembly’s friendship group for Azerbaijan Suh Byung-soo and the group’s members. The successful advancement of the versatile inter-state relations was praised at the meeting; it was said also that political contacts, namely, high-status trips and meetings, helped take the broadening of the bilateral links further.