Regional Factor Becomes Main Reason for Weakness of Azerbaijani Opposition Party
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 January / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / The regional factor became the main reason for the weakness of the Azerbaijani National Independent Party (ANIP) which resulted in the loss of some of its staff members, Ali Aliyev, the ex-chairman of ANIP, said Trend.
Due to poor health Ayaz Rustamov left the chairmanship post of ANIP in 2007. Etibar Mammadov, the founder and leader of the Party, reported that the functioning of ANIP was not satisfactory. According to information by the media of the Geranboy region of Azerbaijan, Rustamov's resignation was connected with the struggle of the party activists. However, Rustamov reported to Trend that his resignation was not connected with any pressure.
Aliyev, who held the chairmanship post of ANIP from 2004 to 2005, stated that the party lost its influence and force. "The fact that ANIP was not successful during the latest parliamentary election in 2005 has demonstrated that the party has weakened. ANIP took part at the election with more than 60 candidates. However, no candidates from the party, including myself, won the election. If an ANIP leader could not win the trust of the population and has taken 4th place at the elections, this demonstrates the party's position in the community," the former ANIP chairman said.
According to him, there is a geographic and regional factor within ANIP, like in many other parties, which weakens the parties resulting in the loss of staff members. Aliyev does not believe that ANIP is able to restore its previous force and influence. "I do not know of any well-known and strong persons to be elected to the chairmanship post within the party. Those members who would have been able to restore the party's former power have left the party. I do not know anyone who we can be appointed as chairman of the party," Aliyev said.
Ali Orujev, ANIP press-secretary and secretary on popularization issues, told Trend that there were no regional differences within the party. "We can prevent a split amongst members of ANIP, which belong to some active region. ANIP is not a party which belongs to any region," Orujev stated. Concerning the weakness of ANIP, Orujev said that this is a problem of almost all Azerbaijani parties.
ANIP was the first party to have received registration in Azerbaijan in 1992. Etibar Mammadov had been the founder and chairman of the party until 2004. Presently, Mammadov is the deputy chairman of the International Democratic Alliance.