Azerbaijani Opposition to Lose its Electorate if United – Opposition Leader
Azerbaijan, baku, 9 June / Trend corr. E.Babayev / The opposition Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (DPA) considers that unification of opposition in the current situation may result in loosing of electorate. "Even unification of parties does not give the positive and expected results. It is not a mathematics addition, but unification of like-minded persons. Sometimes, such unification leads to lose of 10%," 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.
No unification by opposition parties is expected on the threshold of presidential elections. "Unification of the opposition camp will take much time. However, only four or five months now remain for the elections. I don't think that the only chance and duty of opposition will be unification. I do not want to associate unification with the success in the elections," Jallaoglu stated.
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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