Azerbaijan's ruling party launches official preparations for municipal elections

Azerbaijan Materials 16 June 2009 16:36 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 16 / Trend , J. Babayeva/ Ruling New Azerbaijan Party has launched official preparations for municipal elections.   

"The party will complete territorial meetings on municipal elections by end of the year. Five meetings have been held until now," NAP official and member of parliament Siyavush Novruzov said.  

Azerbaijan will hold municipal elections in December. There are 2,757 municipalities in the country. The figure is expected to be reduced to 1,766 after unification of municipalities. 

Electoral headquarters with the participation of NAP representatives have been launched and list of members have been approved, Novruzov said.

"The lists of candidates will be specified and activities of current municipality members will be discussed. New candidates will be nominated in September," he said.

The NAP was established by Nakhchivan Parliamentary Speaker Heydar Aliyev in 1992.

President Ilham Aliyev is the party's chairman. The party has ruled the country for 15 years.

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