Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 January / The Azerbaijani Musavat party rejected the idea of nominating a unified opposition candidate for the presidential elections. "The discussions to define a candidate are leading to a split in the opposition instead of integrating with each other," the head of the party's Central Executive Administration Arif Hajili said to Trend on 28 January.
The idea to nominate a unified candidate has been discussed by the opposition parties for several years. However, no agreement has yet been achieved.
According to Hajili, the action plan of the party for 2008 was approved at the meeting of Musavat on 27 January. The main part of the plan deals with preparations for the presidential elections. "Instead of the idea of a unified opposition candidate, the unified electorate conception was passed in the action plan. Musavat considers the unification of electors around a candidate is far better than nominating a unified candidate," he said.
Establishment of Musavat's election headquarters, its activities were reflected in the plan, he said.
The presidential elections will take place in Azerbaijan in October 2008.
Opposition Musavat party was founded at the beginning of 1992. Its leader, Isa Gambar, was the speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament between 1992 and 1993. In 2003, he ran for presidency. The party is represented by 5 MPs in the Parliament.