Azerbaijan’s Opposition to Ignore International Organization’s Calls
Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 July / Trend E.Babayev/ Bloc Azadlig uniting three opposition parties (Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, Citizen and Development Party, Liberal Party) will ignore international organizations' calls to participate in presidential elections. "International organizations are interested in stagnation in Azerbaijan's political processes. But we took into account people's interested when declaring our intention to boycott the elections," Ali Aliyev, Chairman of the Citizen & Development Party, said to Trend on 15 July.
Azerbaijan will host the presidential elections on 15 October. At the end of May, Azadlig's board of chairmen stated its intention to boycott the elections. The idea was brought for discussion at bloc's administration to make a final decision. The organization is discontented with pre-election situation in the country, as well as with election legislation and bounds for free meeting. According to Azadlig, there are no conditions for democratic elections in Azerbaijan. Different international structures, opposing boycotting, called on the opposition to participate in elections.
Aliyev said international organizations made their statements in form of requests and wishes. "In fact, they also know the situation in Azerbaijan and know the reason why we selected the way of boycotting. Indeed, several organizations are not interested in changing of current situation in Azerbaijan. Therefore, they want the opposition to participate in elections under unequal conditions," he said.
The Citizenship and Development Party was established in 2006. Before the establishment the members of the CDP were the members of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party (ANIP). As a result of a split in the ANIP, the supporters of Ali Aliyev held a congress and established the CDP, which is a member of political bloc Azadlig.
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