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    Over 87 percent of voters taking part in Azerbaijan's Monday referendum backed constitutional reforms to give the country's president the power to dissolve parliament, Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Mazahir Panahov said Tuesday.

    BAKU (Sputnik) — A constitutional referendum took place in Azerbaijan on Monday. One of the proposed constitutional amendments involved vesting the country's president with powers to dissolve the parliament in case it passes a no-confidence vote in the government twice within a year. Other dissolution scenarios included the parliament passing two motions of no-confidence in the government within one year.

    "A total of 2.33 million voters voted in support of the amendment, which amounts to 87.4 percent," Panahov said during a press conference while announcing preliminary referendum results.

    A total of 29 constitutional amendments were voted on in the country's third referendum since independence. These deal with issues including human rights and the powers vested in government bodies. A turnout of at least 25 percent was required for the referendum to be legitimate and a simple majority will be sufficient for the amendments to pass.

    On Monday, CEC declared the referendum valid with 30.6-percent turnout. The final results will be announced on October 21.

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