Azerbaijan’s Opposition Party Stands Ready to Work in Tent
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / The Great Establishment Party (GEP) is prepared to install a tent as headquarter in one of the central parks, GEP Chairman, Fazil Gazanfaoglu, reported to Trend on 24 October.
The party has been functioning without office for already three years.
"The State does not allocate headquarters for the political parties and therefore, we need to work in tents. We have made an appeal to the Baku City Executive Power to allocate a place for us in one of the central parks in Baku. If permission is given, we will establish a tent there to use it as headquarter," Gazanfaroglu said.
The opposition Great Establishment Party has been functioning without office since its creation in 2004. The party leased a private office, but due to lack of finance, the party remained without office. The problem was not resolved by State Committee on Management of the State Property. Gazanfaroglu was dissatisfied with the office in the 8th micro-district in Baku which was suggested by the State Committee at the beginning of 2007. According to Gazanfaroglu, the office was unfit for use.
Gazanfaroglu considers it senseless to make appeals to the State bodies. "It needs to use original ways to attract attention of the local and international community to the problem," he said.
Gazanfaroglu intends to raise this issue in the parliament.
Created in 2004, the opposition Great Establishment Party received State registration in 2005. GEP Chairman, Fazil Gazanfaoglu, is a member of Azerbaijan Parliament. Most opposition parties in Azerbaijan have not offices.
The parties consider that the offices should be allocated by the State Committee on Management of the State Property. However, the State Committee refuses to implement its obligation.