An Azerbaijani Opposition Party Changes its Political Course
Azerbaijan, Baku , 9 January / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The Citizen Unity Party (CUP), which represent the opposition in the Parliament, changed its political course.
"CUP supports the political course implemented by Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijani President," Sabir Hajiyev, CUP chairman and a member of the permanent Parliamentary Commission on Legal Policy and State Building, said to Trend agency.
CUP was founded under the leadership of Ayaz Mutallibov, the ex-President of Azerbaijan, in 1999. Mutallibov has been living in emigration in Moscow, since 1992. The differences occurred within the party, after the parliamentary election in 2000. The party was divided into two parts, ones support Igbal Agazade, the party secretary, who is the chairman of the Umid party, and the others support Mutallibov.
In 2005, CUP took part in the parliamentary election as an opposition organization and at present represents as the opposition in the election commissions. According to Hajiyev, CUP denied the radical opposition. "There is no prosperous radical opposition in the country. The policy carried out by the Authorities meets the interest of the State and population," Hajiyev said. Hajiyev said that CUP would hold meeting in the summer, in order to take a decision how the party will participate in the upcoming presidential election.
"My position concerning determination of a candidate for the presidential post does not coincide with the position of some members of party. The announcement of the name of the candidate, whom I support before the meeting, may be evaluated as the pressure on the party members. Therefore, I do not want to announce the name of the candidate whom I support," Hajiyev said.