Azerbaijani Opposition Failed to Establish Coalition
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 June / Trend corr. E.Babayev / The idea to establish an election bloc around the candidate from the opposition Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (DPA) has failed. "Introduction of the draft of amendments and supplements into the Election Code caused most people lost their hope. At present, this issue has not been discussed," Sardar Jalaloglu, Chairman of DPA, told Trend .
The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held in October 2008.
The Azadlig bloc, that unites three opposition parties - Popular Front, Citizen and Development and Liberal, has stated that the bloc would boycott the upcoming presidential elections. 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. The candidature of Ilham Aliyev will be nominated from the ruling New Azerbaijan party.
Jalaloglu said that the changes includes reduction of the election campaign term from four months to 75 days, ban on the canvassing in the state-owned media sources, and rise in the deposit account of the candidates posed change of position of people with whom the negotiations were held. "There has been emerged an idea that the upcoming elections will change less. Many people accept the elections not seriously," Jalaloglu said. DPA Chairman stated that the opposition Musavat party and many other persons attempted to establish a coalition. "In spite of the aforesaid persons did not take into consideration this idea initially, later they expressed a will to form their own 'shadow cabinet'. This attempt of parties, in its turn, make less the efficiency of our idea," Jalaloglu said.
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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