Aliyev has ruled the oil-rich ex-Soviet state since shortly before his father’s death in 2003 [File: Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

Azerbaijani MPs have approved a proposal to dissolve parliament and ask President Ilham Aliyev to call a snap election.

The members of parliament, which is dominated by Aliyev’s New Azerbaijan Party, backed the appeal on Monday, urging its own dissolution by 99 votes to one, with one abstention.

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The move – initially tabled by the governing party on Thursday – followed the shock resignation last month of Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov.

Currently, parliamentary elections are scheduled for November 2020, but the president has the right to dissolve the parliament and call an early election.

Under the terms of the constitution, a snap election has to be

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