Azerbaijan’s Opposition Party May Change its Decision on Nominating Unified Candidate for Elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 February / Trend corr G. Jabiyev / According to the chair of the opposition Azerbaijan Democratic Party (ADP) Sardar Jalaloglu, his party's decision to nominate a unified candidate with the Musavat party for the presidential elections will be contingent on the processes. "ADP decided to nominate a unified candidate for the presidential elections. Depending on the situation, we may change that decision if necessary. Now, there is no need," Jalaloglu said to Trend on 19 February.
On 16 February, the ADP administration meeting decided to nominate Jalaloglu for the elections. Two days later, an ADP member Gurban Mammadov said to Trend that the ADP may launch discussions with the Musavat regarding nominating a unified candidate.
The head of the Musavat Executive Administration Arif Hajili said to Trend the party is ready for discussions. Musavat nominated its chairman Isa Gambar.
In the 2003 presidential elections ADP supported Gambar.
According to Jalaloglu, Musavat and ADP divulged their intention to nominate a unified candidate. But both parties should forget about their individual and group interests for the sake of the national ones.
The opposition Musavat party was founded in 1992. The head of the party, Isa Gambar, was the Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker from 1992-93 and ran for presidency in 2003. The party is represented by an MP group in the Parliament.