Azerbaijani Government Not to Impede Opposition Demonstrations (video)

Politics Materials 29 April 2008 16:19 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 April / Trend corr I. Alizade/ Ramiz Mehdiyev, Head-of-Staff of Azerbaijani Executive Presidential Administration, believes that the purpose of the demonstrations which the country's opposition intends to hold is obscure. "It is difficult to understand the core of the opposition demonstrations. It is unclear why opposition wants to impede silent life of the population," Mehdiyev said to journalists on 29 April.

Mehdiyev said that the statements on prohibition of demonstrations and rallies in Azerbaijan are groundless and if opposition wants to hold a demonstration nobody will stop them "If they have a will and if they manage to assemble the supporters, they may hold demonstrations," he said.

According to Mehdiyev, boycott of the upcoming presidential elections is a domestic affair of the opposition parties.

"Elections in Azerbaijan will be held democratically, transparently and openly. Anyone willing may take part and those who do not want may abstain," he said.

Mehdiyev said that the conditions for supervision over the presidential elections by representatives of the international organizations will be provided. "We do not hide anything. Present atmosphere and the social and political situation show that Azerbaijan will hold really good and exemplary elections," Mehdiyev said.

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