Presidential Elections Boycott by Opposition not to Create Problems: Department Head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 April / corr. Trend S. Ilhamgizi/ "The refusal by several opposition parties to take part in the presidential elections to be held in October 2008 will not create any problems concerning candidates," Ali Hasanov, Head of the Social and Political Department of Azerbaijani Presidential Adminitration said.
"Boycott of the elections will have neither bad nor positive impact on the government," Ali Hasanov said to Trend on 23 April.
The bloc Azadlig ( Liberty), uniting three opposition parties, has stated that it would boycott elections if democratic election atmosphere is not created in the country. National Independence Party of Azerbaijan and Open Society Party are also not going to take part in the elections if democratic atmosphere is not created.
The Presidential Administration believes that the decision whether to take part in the elections is a private problem of every party. "The government is not concerned about it," Hasanov said.
The decision whether to take part in the elections should be made not by the party leaders, but by the supreme bodies and meetings of these organizations.
"There are enough candidates from the Opposition who will run for presidency. Therefore, there will not be any problems concerning candidates," official of the Presidential Administration said.
The governing Yeni Azerbaijan Party has announced that it will nominate Ilham Aliyev, the current president, for presidency.