No Joint Summit of Azerbaijani Opposition
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 June / Trend corr. E.Babayev / The joint summit of the Azerbaijani opposition will not be implemented. "We wanted to stage a joint summit of opposition in order to reinforce the resistance against the current policy of authorities and to make a common decision. However, the political line of Azadlig bloc hindered in implementing this idea," Arif Hajili, Head of the Central Executive Department of Musavat party, told Trend .
The draft on amendments and supplements into the Election Code was passed by the Parliament on 30 May. The draft on the changes includes ban on the canvassing in the state-owned media sources, and rise in the deposit account of the candidates from AZN33,000 to AZN300,000. The terms for the signature collection has been shortened from 35 days up to 10 days, cancellation of candidate's registration has been eased as a result of the changes to the Code of Administrative Violations. Musavat has proposed to hold a summit in order to hold joint struggle against the changes.
Hajili said that the Azadlig bloc took the isolation position in the political process. Azadlig considers that other parties can also reach unity only through boycott. "Azadlig was the first which rejected to hold the summit," Hajili said.
Opposition party Musavat 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.
Ali Aliyev, a member of Azadlig and Chairman of the Citizen and Development party, told to Trend that the statement that the bloc opposed to hold the summit was false. "We just stated that the joint summit of parties, which stick to different positions, would be useless. We consider that participation in the upcoming presidential elections with the current situations will be wrong. "However, Musavat and other parties say that they would participate in the elections instead of any conditions. If the parties, which will participate in the elections, want to hold the summit then they can hold the summit," Aliyev said.
The Azadlig bloc unites three opposition parties - Popular Front, Citizen and Development and Liberal.
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