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Azerbaijan Cancels Daylight Saving Time


The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan has canceled Daylight Saving Time for the country, which was set to go into effect on March 27, 2016. At that time, the country would have switched to Azerbaijan Summer Time, setting their clocks forward one hour at 4:00 AM.


This change applies to all of Azerbaijan which is currently observing an offset of +0400 ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+4/GMT+4). To make the DST change, they were originally supposed to move to an offset of +0500. Instead, the local time will remain at the same offset (GMT+4) all year long.


The Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) is responsible for the initial proposal to eliminate daylight saving time in the region. They claim that the time change can be traced to a number of psychological, social and moral issues, and that it severely complicates synchronization with international time schedules.


Currently, it is not known whether or not this practice is permanent, however, it certainly looks to be that way.

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