Azerbaijani Governing Party Will Not Establish Political Bloc
Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 January / Т corr G. Jabiyev / The opposition Unity party will not apply to the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) to establish a Coordination Centre of the parties which will support the current President Ilham Aliyev in the upcoming presidential elections. "Firstly, we expressed the idea in the press, and now the NAP should do the same," the chair of the Unity Tahir Karimli said to Trend on 28 January.
The Presidential elections will take place in Azerbaijan in October. The Unity rejected its radical political course and is now supporting the policy pursued by the Government.
According to Karimli, NAP's position towards their idea is unsatisfactory.
According to the NAP Deputy Executive Secretary Mubariz Gurbanli, the governing party will support Ilham Aliyev in the presidential elections and will closely cooperate with political organizations. In order to support its candidate, NAP with its 430,000 members will implement a wide-scale and multi-sided policy. "From the last elections we know that the NAP candidate was supported by a range of political and social organizations. Naturally, NAP cooperated with those political parties. But we formed our election staff on the basis of NAP," Gurbanli said.
"It is not necessary to establish a bloc of parties supporting the NAP candidate. Since 1993 NAP has taken part in all elections, but never as a bloc. The NAP candidate is the candidate of the Azerbaijani nation," Gurbanli said.