Azerbaijan, Baku, 5 May / Trend corr G. Jabiyev/ During today's meeting of the administration of Azerbaijan's opposition Musavat party, a decision was made to hold a mass protest demonstration on 18 May. Arif Hajili, the head of Musavat's central administration, said to Trend on 5 May that the party would apply to the Baku Administration in this connection on 6 May. Including the previous three venues, this application will suggest another two possible venues for the demonstration, namely the Fuzuli Square and the area in front of Tabriz Cinema (former Sevinj).
On 1 May, Baku Administration permitted Musavat to hold a demonstration on 4 May. However, instead of permitting the Party to use one of the venues that they requested (Ukrainian Circle, the square in front of former Galaba Cinema or the area nearby Narimanov subway station), the Baku Administration only allowed the demonstration to be held in the Bibi Heybat settlement. As a result, the party postponed the demonstration and said it would apply to the courts.
Azerbaijan will hold its presidential elections on 15 October.
Hajili said that on 6 May the party will bring the Baku Administration to Sabayil District Court for breaching its right for freedom of assembly.
Opposition Musavat party was founded at the beginning of 1992. Its leader, Isa Gambar, was the speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament between 1992 and 1993. In 2003, he ran for presidency. The party is represented by four MPs in Parliament.
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