By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan declared its independence establishing the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on May 28, 1918, which became the first secular parliamentary democracy in the Muslim World and recognized by other democratic nations, including the United States of America.
During the short period of independence Azerbaijan granted all people the rights to vote regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and religion, becoming the first Muslim nation to give women equal political rights with men, an accomplishment preceding the United States. Azerbaijan’s independence was interrupted in 1920, when it was invaded by Bolshevists, and forcefully incorporated into the USSR in 1922 to restore its independence only in 1991.
The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Brazil has organized an event to celebrate the Republic Day, Azertac reported.
Members of the Brazilian National Congress, diplomats accredited in the country, representatives of state and official organizations, as well as journalists attended the event.
Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Brazil Elkhan Polukhov highlighted the history of the Republic Day. He also briefed the event participants on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Chairman of the Brazil-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary friendship group at the Chamber of Deputies Claudio Cajado stressed that relations between the two countries are rapidly developing.
The event also featured a photo exhibition.
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