Financial Oligarchs Come to Authority: Azerbaijan Opposition Party Chairman
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / The majority election system should be abolished to prevent non-political people coming to power, including financial oligarchs, Gudrat Hasanguliyev MP and chairman of the Popular Front of Unified Azerbaijan Party (PFUAP), said to Trend Agency.
PFUAP has developed and submitted a set of proposals concerning changes to the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic for consideration. The Azerbaijani President forms the government in compliance with the current Azerbaijani Constitution
The party proposes to transfer authority of forming the government to the party or bloc of parties who win the parliamentary election.
The party is suggesting holding mixed parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan in 2010. The government should change to a proportional election system from 2015.
Professional politicians must be involved in policy and parliament. We should prevent occasional election of non-politicians after introducing a majority election system.
"During the last parliamentary elections businessmen and financial oligarchs became MPs. I consider the number of those MPs will increase at the next elections and interference of oligarchs to policy will be dangerous for the government," Hasanguliyev said.
PFUAP proposes to increase the number of MPs from 125 to 150. The numbers of MPs do not correspond to the population of 8,500,000.
In 2001 a group of members of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan Party (PFAP) under the leadership of Hasanguliyev separated from the party and held their own uniting congress. By 2004 the party was known as the 'uniting' wing of PFAP. Later the party changed its name to PFUAP. The party received State registration in 2005. Hasanguliyev is an MP of the Azerbaijani Parliament.