Demonstration Tactics of Musavat Party Causes Harm for Opposition: Opposition Leader of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 May / corr. Trend E. Babayev/ The Democratic Party of Azerbaijan has announced that the tactics Musavat party employs to hold demonstrations causes harm for the opposition. "The fact that Musavat party plans demonstrations and then postpones them creates not serious image for the Opposition and forms such an opinion that a demonstration is a question of minor importance. Therefore, when there is a need to hold a demonstration, we can not do it," Sardar Jalaloglu, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan said to Trend on 17 May.
The demonstration of Musavat party set for 18 May was postponed as the Baku City Administration did not allow the Party to hold a demonstration in venue that the party offered, (Fuzuli square, Galaba cinema and a square in front of Nariman Narimanov subway). Instead, the City Administration offered Bibi Heybat settlement. The demonstration of Musavat Party set for 4 May was also postponed due to the same reasons.
According to Jalaloglu, the public is not interested in demonstrations. "If we see people holding spontaneous demonstrations in various places, we, as an Opposition, should organize these demonstrations. We do not see such cases now. In this case, parties should rely on only its supporters and members while demonstrating. Musavat does not consider its demonstrations to be necessary, therefore, when the Government does not offer them the venue they wish, it postpones it. I think, Musavat party is not prone to demonstrations; otherwise, it would have not postponed it because of the reply of the City Administration," said Jalaloglu. According to Jalaloglu, if there is a plan to hold a demonstration, it should be staged whatever happens.
The Right Wing DPA was founded in 1991 by Sardar Jalaloglu. The party stuck to the radical position until January 2007; however it decided to establish a dialogue with the Government in January 2007. As a protest, Rasul Guliyev, the former speaker of the parliament and his supporters turned down DPA and established the Open Society party.
Arif Hajili, the head of the Executive Administration of Musavat party said to Trend on 17 May that he does not want to comment on Jalaloglu's statement. "We are not interested in his opinion," he said.
The oppositional "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 to1993 and was nominated for the 2003 presidential elections. The Party is represented by five MPs in the parliament.
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