Azerbaijan marks National Salvation Day
Azerbaijan gained independence in October 1991. The first years of the independence are characterized by the crisis within the country and in the government. Chaos occupied all the spheres of social life. The case was harder in the army, and the quantity of desertion increased. Armenian increased their occupation day by day. Azerbaijan remained without a head. Separate individuals and groups struggled among themselves for power in the young republic. National Front occupied the power of the state in May 14, 1992 and on the first days of its ill-determined ruling showed inability to lead the state. In 1993 Azerbaijan faced the danger of the civil war.
In such a hard period of time people invited Azerbaijan's prominent son Heydar Aliyev from Nakhchivan to Baku. With the insistence of the people and the authorities of the republic he came to Baku on June 19.
In a short period of time Heydar Aliyev prevented civil war in Azerbaijan.
On June 15, 1993 Heydar Aliyev was elected chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Azerbaijan and this date entered our history as the day of National Salvation. With the insistence of the people in June 1997 Milli Mejlis (National Assembly) declared June 15 as a holiday.