Azerbaijani Opposition Party to Discuss Support Candidate from Authorities
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 June / Trend corr. E.Babayev / The Azerbaijani leading opposition Adalat party has stated that the party would not boycott the upcoming presidential elections. "Every party has its own strategy, and therefore one should understand the position of others. We do not support the idea to boycott the elections," MP Ilyas Ismayilov, Chairman of Adalat, told Trend .
Azerbaijan will host the presidential elections on 15 October.
Musavat party has already nominated its Chairman Isa Gambar, Azerbaijan Democratic Party - Sardar Jalaloglu, Greens Party, Mais Gulaliyev, Populr Front of Unified Azerbaijan party, Gudrat Hasanguliyev and Modern Musavat nominated Hafiz Hajiyev. The head of the public forum Eldar Namazov stands for presidency as an independent candidate. The governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) will nominate country's current President Ilam Aliyev. Bloc Azadlig uniting three opposition parties (Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, Citizen and Development Party, Liberal Party) intends to boycott the elections.
Ismayilov said that the issues regarding participation in the elections were planned to discuss in the Political council several days ago, but failed. The next political council will meet soon again. "There are different opinions regarding the upcoming presidential elections within the party. Touching upon the persons who want to support the candidate from the authorities, Ismayilov did deny this fact. We respect different opinions towards the elections. However, the party has not made its final decision regarding the elections yet. First we should specify our position. The election process is held secretly and every person can vote for its favorite. One says that he will support this candidate, but he votes for quite another candidate in real. The democratic elections are possible even with the current Election Code. I believe that the relevant issue is a will to hold democratic elections. I think the main is a political will," Ismayilov said.
Adalat Party was founded in 1993. In 1996, the party joined a different opposition party, the Democratic Party. However, in 2000 Adalat was then re-established by separating from the Democratic Party. MP Ilyas Ismaylov has been the chairman of the party since 2001. Ismaylov was a candidate for the presidential post during the elections in 2003.
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