Azerbaijan Communists to Meet in Court
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi / Members of the Communist Party that split in two - supporters of Rustam Shahsuvarov and supporters of Rauf Gurbanov - will sort out their relations in court. The Ministry of Justice is involved, Gurbanv and Shahsuvarov reported to Trend on 1 October.
After the death o the chairman of the party, Ramiz Ahmadov, the party split in two. At the plenum of the party on 22 September Gurbanov was discharged from the position of deputy chairman. His supporters left the plenum and decided to dissolve the Central Committee of the party. Gurbanov's supporters established an Organizing Committee to summon a congress.
Shahsuvarov's supporters are planning to hold a congress on 14 October. They want to elect Shahsuvarov chairman of the party, while Gurbanov's supporters intend to elect Gurbanov.
Gurbanov reported he intended to apply to the Justice Ministry. According to him, the congress of Shahsuvarov's supporters scheduled for 14 October is illegitimate. Over 35 of the 50 regional offices of the Communist Party will not participate in the congress, he said. In his appeal to the Justice Ministry Gurbanov will ask for the congress to be disallowed.
According to Shahsuvarov, if Gurbanov's supporters hold their congress and apply to the Justice Ministry, his supporters will commence with the action in court.
The Communist Party of Azerbaijan is a left-wing opposition party.