Azerbaijani Opposition Candidates not to Discuss Issue on Joint Participation in Elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 may / Trend corr. E.Babaev / The candidates to the presidential post from the Azerbaijani opposition will not discuss the issue on joint participation in the upcoming presidential elections. "Candidates from opposition should generally atract dissatisfied electorates,' Arif Hajili, Head of the Central Executive Administration of opposition Musavat party, stated to trendNews.
There are four candidates to the presidential post from oposition side. The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held in October 2008. Isa Gambar- leader of Musavat party, Sardar Jalaloglu-chairman of Democratic party and Mais Gulmammadov- Chairman of Green party of Azerbaijan, have already nominated their candidature to the presidential post. On 5 May, Eldar Namazov, Head of the Public forum 'For Azerbaijan, stated that he would also nominated his candidature to the presidential post.
Hajili stated that Musavat does not want to waste time and wait for the nomination of one candidate from the opposition camp. "Musavat has found a new way to attract dissatisfied electorate," Hajili said.
Sardar Jalaloglu, chairman of Democratic party, stated to Trend that he has made several attempts to unite the opposition before he nominated his own candidature. However, the opposition leaders did not supported Jalaloglu. "At present, the issue on one candidate from the opposition camp is not possible. Democratic Party of Azerbaijan is just attracting the population," Jalaloglu said.
Opposition Musavat party was founded in 1992. Isa Gambar, the present Chairman of the Party was the Ex-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament (Milli Majlis) in 1992-1993 and the candidate nominated to the Presidential elections held in the country in 2003. Five MPs represents the Party in the Parliament of the Country.
DPA was founded by Jalaloglu in 1991. The party took a radical position against the Government until 2007. In January 2007, the party took a new political course and improved relations with the authorities. Protesting against such an action Rasul Guliyev, the ex-chairman, and his supporters left the party and founded the Open Society party
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