Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 2 /Trend E. Mehtiyev/
Some opposition circles in Azerbaijan act synchronously with groups willing to influence the country from outside, the Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, Ali Ahmadov said on Monday in an interview to the party's official website.
This is a traditional situation, observed during the elections period, and it springs from the desire of separate forces abroad to influence and interfere in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan, to secure their interests in the South Caucasus and Azerbaijan, Ahmadov said.
"The pre-election campaigns create favourable conditions for intensification of such influence. I suppose that the socio-political stability and the realities, on which it is based, will not allow the pressure tactic, which has already become traditional in the election period, to lead to anything," he noted.
Ahmadov also expressed regret that the forces outside sometimes use the forces inside the country in the pressure tactics.
"Some opposition circles in Azerbaijan act synchronously with groups seeking to influence to the country from outside. A clear manifestation of this is the fact that in some cases, some opposition candidates and opposition parties are inclined to seek support not in Azerbaijan, but beyond its borders," Ahmadov said.
New Azerbaijan Party's Executive Secretary went on to add that a few days ago there was news report that a "substitute" candidate from the opposition was invited to a foreign country.
"Why a person, who wishes to become the president of Azerbaijan, is seeking support outside the country? Can he really be elected as the president outside Azerbaijan? Or is he obliged to go abroad in order to be "approved"? Why should he be "approved" outside of Azerbaijan? The only subject who should express an opinion about the candidates is the people of Azerbaijan," Ahmadov said.
According to the Executive Secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party, the visits abroad, attempts to "please" the foreign forces, and expectations of the person participating in the presidential elections in Azerbaijan for their support, have to be unequivocally condemned.
"The interest of a foreign state to the candidate who wishes to take part in the presidential elections in Azerbaijan is nothing but an attempt to interfere in country's internal affairs. Today, people who have nominated their candidates for the post of the President of Azerbaijan and travelling to foreign countries for the approval, show indulgence towards the desires of foreign forces trying to influence Azerbaijan. The persons willingly going to such calls can not be independent, and their work is not in the interests of the Azerbaijani people and the State, but corresponds to the objectives of these foreign circles," Ahmadov added.
The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on October 9.
The previous presidential election was held on October 15 2008.
Azerbaijan holds presidential elections every five years.
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