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Azerbaijan delegates come to Springfield

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Delegates from the country of Azerbaijan are packing their suitcases in preparation for a trip to Springfield.

KSMU's Erika Brame has more.

The country of Azerbaijan was once a republic of the Soviet Union.

Azerbaijan ratified its democratic constitution in 1995.

The League of Women Voters and Open World Leadership are hosting four delegates from Azerbaijan from April 11 through the 19th.

There will be an open forum on Thursday, April 17th for the public to come and talk with the delegates.

Lee Longman, Coordinator of the Open World Leadership Hosting Event says the delegates are here to learn about American government and culture.

"Well they're here to look at good governance, accountability, transparency, things like that."

Longman says they will kick off the visit by meeting local officials.

"Then starting on Monday we will be looking at government. And we'll be meeting with the County Clerk, and one of the council members, and the Mayor Pro-Temp in the morning."

Tuesday is school day where delegates will attend a school board meeting.

Longman says that Wednesday will be Jefferson City Day.

"And we'll meet with Representative Denison and Representative Lampe. We'll be introduced in the House and the Senate. And take a tour of the Capitol and of the Supreme Court."

Thursday, April 17, the delegates will be at the New Boathouse at Lake Springfield to meet with local residents.

That event starts at 6:30p.m. and is open to the public.

On their final day, the delegates will be introduced to America's favorite pastime by watching a Springfield Cardinals game.

If you would like to meet the visitors from Azerbaijan, you can call 417-881-5877.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame