Azerbaijan’s Opposition Bloc Postpones Meeting Devoted to Elections

Politics Materials 8 July 2008 11:35 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 July / Trend corr E.Babayev/ A meeting of Azerbaijan's opposition bloc Azadlig scheduled for the first half of July will not take place. "The meeting will not be held due to technical problems alone," Chairman of the Citizen & Development Party (CDP) Ali Aliyev, a member of the bloc, said to Trend on 7 July.

Azerbaijan will host presidential elections on 15 October. Azadlig's council of chairmen reported its intention to boycott the elections due to undemocratic pre-election atmosphere and since the proposals made by opposition during changing the Election Code were not taken into account. Previously, Azadlig co-founders reported the meeting will take place at the beginning of July.

Aliyev said at the moment it is difficult to tell an exact time for the meeting. "There are no other subjective reasons. Founders of the bloc are a bit busy at the moment, therefore it is impossible to hold a meeting. Anyway, the meeting will take place," said Aliyev, adding that the statement about boycott is unlikely to be changed. "Should events go on the same way, we will not change our decision to boycott the elections. There is no confidence that elections will be held in the country at least partly democratically," he said.

Bloc Azadlig unites three opposition parties: Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, Citizen and Development Party and Liberal Party.

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