Opposition Should not Claim Each Others’ Electorate: Azerbaijani Opposition Leader
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 March / corr. Trend G. Jabiyev/ The oppositional Democratic Party of Azerbaijan has proposed to establish a bloc consisting of political parties around its candidate. "We put aside the plan to establish a bloc of parties. Therefore the parties are less likely to unite now," Sardar Jalaloglu, the chairman of Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (DPA) said to Trend .
The regular presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held in October 2008. The Supreme Council of DPA has nominated Sardar Jalaloglu for the presidential elections on 16 March.
Jalaloglu said that the DPA does not try to win votes from voters from other parties. According to the chairman, the political forces should not claim each others electorate at all. "Even if it was within my powers, I would not try to win the vote of electorate of religious parties and Social Democrat Party," Jalaloglu said and added that it is wrong and would not be successful. We hope that the enmity between government and opposition will end and we will win the votes of the electorate supporting dialogue," the DPA chairman said.
The Right Wing DPA was founded in 1991 by Sardar Jalaloglu. The party stuck to the radical position until January 2007; however it decided to establish a dialogue with the Government in January 2007. In protest, Rasul Guliyev, the former speaker of the parliament and his supporters turned down DPA and established the Open Society party.