Azerbaijani Opposition Party Evacuated its Headquarters

Politics Materials 17 March 2008 15:07 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 March / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / The opposition Liberal Party of Azerbaijan (LPA) Has vacated its current headquarter, which they had occupied for the last two years.

"We do not believe that LPA will be provided with any headquarter", Avaz Tamirhan, LPA executive chairman, stated to Trend .

For the last two years, the headquarters of the party was located in 75, Hasanbay Zardabi Ave. The party evacuated it's headquarter, because its contract signed with owners of the apartment expired. Tamirhan appealed to the Government and State departments to allocate them with a Headquarter, and stated their readiness to pay rent for the same. Furthermore, Tamirhan will also appeal to international structures and diplomatic bodies functioning in Azerbaijan.

Tamirhan said most apartment owners refuse to rent their apartments to LPA because they were afraid of the Government. LPA has repeatedly appealed to the Government, State Committee on State Property Management, Economic Development Ministry, Baku Executive Power and Presidential Administration to allocate them one Headquarter.

"Under the Bill on 'Political parties', the Government must create conditions for functioning of the political parties. However, no favorable conditions have been created for LPA for past 13 years," Tamirhan said.

In 1994, the party was established in Barda by Lala Shovkat The party is considered to be a radical opposition group. Presently, Shovkat is a co-founder and co-chairman of the Azadlig bloc. Shovkat was a candidate for presidential post during the presidential elections in 2003, and achieved third place -according to votes among the other candidates. During the parliamentary elections, Shovkat was elected as an MP, but she refused from the position at her own will.