Prepared by the Commission for draft preparation of new Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic under chairmanship
of President of the Azerbaijan Republic Heydar Aliyev, adopted on 12 of November 1995 by the Referendum of the
Azerbaijan Republic.Came into force since 27 of November 1995.
THE CONSTITUTIONOF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC
Continuing the centuries old traditions of statehood, and taking as a basis theprinciples expressed in the Constitution act "On the State Independence of theAzerbaijan Republic", desiring to provide prosperity and welfare for the wholesociety and each individual, wishing to establish freedom and security,understanding the responsibility for past, present and future generations, using theright of its sovereignty declares solemnly its following intentions:1 - to protect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of theAzerbaijan Republic;2 - to provide a democratic system within the framework of the Constitution;3 - to achieve the establishment of a civil society;4 - to build a law-based, secular state to provide the command of law as anexpression of the will of the nation;5 - to provide a worthy living standard for everybody in conformity with justeconomic and social order;6 - to remain faithful to universal human values, to live in peace and freedom withall the nations of the world and co-operate with them for this purpose.Having in mind the sincere intentions enumerated above the present Constitutionis adopted through a poll of the general population by referendum. .
FIRST CHAPTERGENERAL PROVISIONSSection I.