Azerbaijan Not Striving for Changes: Party Chairman

Azerbaijan, Baku, 26 July / Trend corr. E.Babayev/ Opposition Civil Solidarity Party of Azerbaijan (CSP) is confident that this year's presidential elections will not change the power. "There is no serious discontent, striving for changes and protests in Azerbaijan at the moment," Chairman of CSP MP Sabir Rustamkhanli said to Trend .

Azerbaijan will host the presidential elections on 15 October. Musavat party has already nominated its Chairman Isa Gambar, Azerbaijan Democratic Party - Sardar Jalaloglu, the Greens Party nominated Mais Gulaliyev, the Popular Front Party of Unified Azerbaijan nominated Gudrat Hasanguliyev and Musair Musavat nominated Hafiz Hajiyev. The head of the public forum For Azerbaijan Eldar Namazov stands for presidency as an independent candidate. The governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) will nominate country's current President Ilham Aliyev. Pro-governmental parties Ana Vatan and Social Prosperity Party intend to support Ilham Aliyev at the elections. Bloc Azadlig uniting three opposition parties (Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, Citizen and Development Party, Liberal Party) intends to boycott the elections. CSP will make decision on the elections at its administration meeting on 27 July.

Rustamkhanli said there are two reasons why any changes are unlikely to take place. According to him, one of the reasons is general development in the country. "The second reason is that the forces discontented with the authorities are governed by unserious people," he said. Rustamkhanli said a range of opposition leaders do not stick to the way they chose. "And voters understand this. Naturally, making sure of levity of the people whom they considered to be an alternative, they see no other way but to support the candidate of the authorities. That is reality and no one can reject this," he said.

The CSP was formed by a leader of the Azerbaijan National Liberation Movement on 26 September 1992. The party took part in the parliamentary elections of 1995, 2000, 2005, and presidential elections of 2003, municipal elections of 1999, 2004. Azerbaijan national poet, MP Sabir Rustamkhanli, was Azerbaijani Press and Information Minister from 1991 to 1995 and ran for presidency in 2003.

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