Rasul Gouliev

Engineer and

Chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party

BIOGRAPHY

Former Chairman of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party, a regular struggler for human rights and democracy in Azerbaijan, a potential candidate for the presidency of Republic of Azerbaijan.

Born on December 10, 1947, in the Gazanchy village of Nakchivan Autonomous Republic of Republic of Azerbaijan.

Finished high school in 1965.

Entered the Chemistry-Technology faculty of the Oil And Chemistry Institute of Azerbaijan, graduated in 1970, gaining the profession of a technologist-engineer.

Started career activities in Combination of Chemistry Plants of Azerbaijan in Sumgayit city. From 1971 to 1992, worked in the Baku Oil Refinery Plant as a technologist, chief of workshop, engineer, chief engineer and the director. Was elected a deputy to the Baku city soviet of popular deputies, and a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of Republic of Azerbaijan in 1990.

Was appointed the vice-president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic from December 7, 1992 - Chief of the Head Oil and Gas Processing Office.

Worked as the Deputy Prime Minister from May 1993 to November 1993.

Worked as the Chairman of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of Republic of Azerbaijan from November 1993 to November 1995.

In 1995, was re-elected a member of the Milli Majlis and chairman of the parliament of Azerbaijan.

Resigned from the post of Chairman of Parliament on September 11, 1996.

Author of a series of inventions and utilisation suggestions, has masters degree in Technical Sciences.

Has been rewarded the honorary award of the H.Z.Taghiyev Charity Foundation for his charitable work.

Author of the books: "Oil And Politics", "Path To Democracy" and "Purpose Of Our Struggle".

Is a reformist-democrat in terms of his economic-political views. Emigrated to the USA in 1996 in order to be protected from unlawful arrest and terror that has come around for holding a determined struggle for democracy against the Heydar Aliyev dictatorship.

Possesses a full action program for the implementation of fundamental democratic reforms in Azerbaijan.

Definitely prefers peace talks for the resolution of the Nagorno-Garabagh problem. Is a supporter of defending the rights of free press and free capitalists.

Is realistic in leadership.

Approaches the foreign matters of Azerbaijan from a pragmatic point of view.

Is a supporter of useful co-operation with close geographic neighbours of Azerbaijan and all countries.

Considers democracy a priority in the internal policy of Azerbaijan, and peace and democracy in foreign policy.

Considers guaranteed participation of foreign investment in the Azerbaijani industry both acceptable and necessary.

Possesses wide relations in international official political circles. Has a stable rising rating in Azerbaijan.

His wide social base covers all classes of the population.

Is merciless and not conciliating against problems of corruption, bribery, regional preference and clannishness.

Has many supporters in most political parties, non-government organisation and among state servants of Azerbaijan.

Is married, has three children.

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