Positions of Musavat and Yeni Azerbaijan are alike – head of oppositional party of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 January /corr. Trend S. Ilhamgizi/ Musavat Party of Azerbajan thinks that the several small parties functioning under the name of opposition, do not have a chance in the upcoming presidential elections to be held in Azerbaijan this year. "Unlike Georgia, the small opposition parties in Azerbaijan can not gain even 6% of the votes in the presidential elections", Arif Hajili, the head of the Central Administration of Musavat Party reported Trend.
The Musavat party which is considered to be one of Azerbaijan's big oppositional parties, last year decided to take part in the upcoming presidential elections to be held in October. The Oppositional parties such as Great Establishment, Umid (Hope), United Azerbaijan Popular Party have made the same decision.
Hajili thinks that the government creates the favorable conditions for the small parties to take part in the election with their candidate, which leads to the split in the opposition. The activist of Musavat thinks that in 2008 there will be many candidates from the opposition as there were in 2003, but none of them will have a chance to win.
According to Hajili, Musavat Party thinks that a candidate who has a good chance to win in the elections is Isa Gambar, the chairman of his party. The representatives of Musavat and Yeni Azerbaijan, which is the ruling party, have alike positions, Igbal Agazade, the chairman of the party reported Trend.
"Both Yeni Azerbaijan and Musavat state that there is no one, but them. These political parties with such an approach can not lead Azerbaijan to the development", said the chairman of Umid Party adding that does not believe in Gambar's victory in the elections.
"If I were confident in the victory of a Musavat party candidate, I would not take part in the elections". Agazde said.
"The current president of Yeni Azerbaijan will be the only candidate from the government and he has the highest rating", executive secretary of Yeni Azerbaijan ruling party Ali Ahmadov reported Trend.
"There is no candidate in Azerbaijan, who can rival Ilham Aliyev in the presidential elections", Ahmadov said.
The Opposition party "Musavat" was founded in 1992. Isa Gembar, the present Chairman of the Party was the Ex-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis) in 1992-1993 and the candidate nominated to the Presidential elections held in the country in 2003. Five MPs represents the Party in the Parliament of the Country.
Since 2001, the head of the Umid oppositional party Agazade, has been an MP in Milli Majlis. He will take part in the presidential elections for the first time.