French Senator Has Confidence that Azerbaijani Incumbent President to Win Elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 June / Trend corr. E.Babayev / "The election situation in Azerbaijan is normal and we have a great confidence that Ilham Aliyev will win in the forthcoming presidential elections," Terri Mariani, member of French National Assembly, stated in the meeting with Ali Ahmadov, the Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), on 19 June.
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, have 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. The pro-governmental parties Ana Vatan and Social Wellfare made a decision to support Aliyev's candidature in the forthcoming presidential elections
The French Senator was informed about the current election situation on the threshold of the presidential elections. Furthermore, the Senator was informed about the work done by NAP regarding the elections, including the attitude of the rulig party to the negotiation process directed to solve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Ahmadov said that the presidential elections 2008 would be democratic and transparent in complianec with the west standards.
NAP was founded in Nakhchivan in 1992. The all-nation leader, the late ex-President Heydar Aliyev was the Party's first Chairman. President Ilham Aliyev is the current chairman of the Party, which has been in power for 14 years.
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