Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 April /corr Trend S.Ilhamgizii /Ayaz Rustamov, the former chairman of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party (ANIP), considers that the candidates to chairman position should pass serious selection procedure.
"ANIP is a serious party and its supreme bodies should publicize whether the candidates are deserving people," Rustamov told Trend .
Rustamov resigned from the post of ANIP chairman at the end of 2007. In this connection, an irregular conference of the party will be held on 20 April to elect the new chairman.
At present, two members of the party, Aladdin Asgarov and Fagan Maharramov, claim the post of chairman.
Rustamov said that though the two have nominated their candidacy, in fact the pretenders for this position are quite high in number.
He also added that the Political Board of ANIP must hold discussions about the candidates: "In accordance with the charter, any member of the party enjoys a right to ballot for the position of chairman. However, the history of ANIP and it role and authority in the society require a deserving, popular and outstanding candidate to the position of chairman. So, the Political Board should allow only those people, who did much for the party since its establishment, to ballot for this position at the conference," he stressed.
The former party leader said that the people who were represented at the party leadership should not claim the position of ANIP chairman. Rustamov cited Fuad Mukharov, the ANIP Secretary General, Ali Alakbaov, the chairman of the Central Board, in this connection. "During the period of my chairmanship, too much critics were addressed to the party, urging its failure to satisfy the party members. Therefore, people who worked with me, including the Secretary General and the chairman of the Central Board, should not be candidates to this position. If the activities of these people were not satisfactory then, then they will not be good as the party chairman," Rustamov said.
According Rustamov, if someone from his team succeeds in becoming a chairman then it will anew causes of disagreements within the party.
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