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.
Milli Majlis Speaker Sahiba Gafarova Talks to Chair of Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova told Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Yuli-Yoel Edelstein as they met on 5 June that she was glad to welcome him to the Azerbaijani Parliament and that Azerbaijan and Israel were friends and partners.
Chair of Milli Majlis Speaks with British PM’s Trade Envoy on Azerbaijan
Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova told the British PM’s Trade Envoy on Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson as they met on 31 May that she was recalling fondly their previous meeting and Mrs Gafarova’s own visits to the UK. Mrs Gafarova also pointed out the high level of the Azerbaijani-British interaction, especially in the economic, trading and energy areas.
Milli Majlis Chair Talks with Deputy Chairman of Lithuanian Seimas
A meeting of Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova and Deputy Chairman of the Seimas of Lithuania Jonas Jarutis took place on 22 May.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Meets with OSCE PA President
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova greeted President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Margareta Cederfelt cordially at their meeting before touching on the joint conference of the Azerbaijani Parliament and the OSCE PA ‘`The Role of National Parliaments in Promoting Security and Stability through Green Economy, Connectivity and Sustainable Development`’ held in Baku.
Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova in Conversation with Head of Montenegrin Parliament
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova had a meeting on 22 May with the visiting Chair of Skupština of Montenegro Danijela Đurović.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Speaks with Deputy Head of Croatian Parliament
Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova met on 18 May with Deputy Chairman of Hrvatski Sabor Davorko Vidović who is in Baku for the special National Leader Heydar Aliyev Centenary meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament.
Chair of Milli Majlis Meets with Speaker of Slovakia’s National Council
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova and Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Boris Kollár, in Baku for the National Leader Heydar Aliyev Centenary special meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament, met and talked on 17 May.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Speaks at Azerbaijan Independence Day Event in Serbia
Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova and the parliamentary delegation she is leading are in the Republic of Serbia on an official visit, as we have reported earlier. They have taken part in the event the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Belgrade has arranged to mark the 28th of May – the Independence Day of Azerbaijan.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Meets with Serbian PM
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova who is in the Republic of Serbia on an official visit now has met and spoken with Serbian PM Ana Brnabić, who greeted the Azerbaijani counterpart cordially and pointed at the progressing bilateral links.
Milli Majlis Speaker Sahiba Gafarova Goes to National Leader Heydar Aliyev’s Monument
The parliamentary delegation led by Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova have gone to the monuments of National Leader Heydar Aliyev and outstanding Serbian writer Milorad Pavić in Tašmajdan Park in Belgrade earlier today as part of their current official visit to the Republic of Serbia.
Azerbaijani, Serbian Parliaments Ink a Memorandum of Understanding
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the parliaments of Azerbaijan and Serbia during Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova’s current official visit to Serbia. Mrs Gafarova and Chairman of Narodna Skupština Vladimir Orlić attached their signature to the document.
Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Talks to Chairman of Serbian National Assembly
As part of her current official visit to the Republic of Serbia, Speaker of the Milli Mejlis Sahiba Gafarova has met with Speaker of the National Assembly Vladimir Orlić on 25 May.
Milli Majlis Speaker Sahiba Gafarova, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić Meet
Chair of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova, currently in Belgrade on an official visit, has met with President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić on 25 May.
Parliamentary Delegation Led by Milli Majlis Chair Sahiba Gafarova Starts Official Visit to Serbia
The parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker of Milli Majlis Speaker Sahiba Gafarova have arrived in Belgrade an official visit to the Republic of Serbia on 24 May.