Oppositional Bloc Protests Against Re-Registration of Political Parties of Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 23 February 2008 14:50 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 February / corr. Trend S. Ilhamgizi/ The bloc Azadlig, uniting three opposition parties said that the re-registration of political parties aims at restricting their activities.

"It is a next attempt to eliminate the political parties," Ali Aliyev, the co-chairman of Azadlig bloc and the chairman of Citizens and Development Party of Azerbaijan said to Trend .

The ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) require political organizations functioning in the Country to undergo State re-registration.

"Establishing a party in Azerbaijan has transformed into speculation in which someone sells a party and another buys it. A new law draft on political parties should be adopted to put an end to this issue," said the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NAP, MP Siyavush Novruzov, at the meeting of Azerbaijan Parliament on 22 February.

According to Novruzov, the law should be attached items corresponding to contemporary demands. "After the parties have undergone State re-registration, they are permitted to nominate their candidates for presidency. Several politicians have highlighted the establishment of a bloc comprised of 20 parties to participate in the elections. However only the chairmen are represented in these parties," he added.

The co-chairman of Azadlig bloc said that the heads of the political parties are not provided with opportunities to meet with their supporters, the parties are with headquarters and their finance sources are closed. According to Aliyev, the re-registration can be the next attempt to officially restrict activities of political parties. "The re-registration will be the violation of law. If changes will be made to the Law on Political Parties it can concern new and not-registered parties," Aliyev said.

The Law on Political Parties of Azerbaijan was passed in 1992.