There is Need to Develop New Format of Azerbaijani Opposition

There is Need to Develop New Format of Azerbaijani Opposition

Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 June / corr. Trend E.Babayev / The oppositional Musavat party thinks that there is a need to develop a new format of the opposition. "There should be new views on the political activities of opposition," Habil Huseynli, deputy chairman of Musavat, told journalists on 21 June.

There are different views on participation in the presidential elections among the Azerbaijani oppositions.

The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held on 15 October 2008. The chairman of the Musavat party Isa Gambar, chairman of Azerbaijan Democratic Party Sardar Jalaloglu, chairman of the Green Party Mais Gulaliyev and chairman of the public forum For Azerbaijan Eldar Namazov have decided to participate in the presidential elections. Several days ago, political scientist Eldar Namazov stated that he would run for presidency independently. At its meeting, to take place in near future, Governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) will nominate country's current President Ilam Aliyev. The Azadlig bloc, which unites three opposition parties -Popular Front party, Citizen and Development party and Liberal party, will boycott the presidential elections.

Azadlig bloc, uniting three oppositional parties (the Popular Front, the Civil Development and the Liberal party), stated that they would boycott the elections.

Huseynli said that an urgent round of discussions should be held to develop a new format of opposition, which will include ideologiacl and political changes. He said that all variants of format, offered by oppostional group, should be discussed.

Sardar Jalaloglu, chairman of the Azerbaijani Oppositional Democratic Party, told Trend that there is a need to develop a new format of opposition. "It is inevitable to develop a new format of opposition meeting new demands of contemporary society. Our party - supports development a new format," Jaliloglu said.

The oppositional 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 to1993 and was nominated for the 2003 presidential elections. The Party is represented by five MPs in the parliament.

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.

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