Azerbaijani Oppositional Party Decides to Support Another Candidate in Presidential Elections

Politics Materials 28 July 2008 12:40 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 July / corr. Trend E.Babayev / The oppositional Azerbaijani Communist Party (ACP) will not participate in the presidential elections with own candidate. "On 27 July the ACP's Central Plenum decided to support other candidate in the elections," Rauf Gurbanov, the chairman of the party, told Trend news on 28 July.

Ramiz Ahmadov, former chairman of the ACP, died on 10 September in 2007. After his death disagreements aroused among deputy chairmen of the party. Members of this party divided into two groups, including supporters of Rauf Gurbanov and Rustam Shahsuvarov, as a result of this dispute. Earlier Gurbanov was the first deputy chairman of the ACP and an MP from 2000 to 2005.

According to Gurbanov, a candidate, whom the ACP will support, is still unknown. "We will support a candidate, whose platform and program corresponds to general policy of the ACP. It is difficult to say anything without getting familiarization with candidates' platforms and programs, and demonstration of populist position is unsuitable. We will not put differences between the candidates from the authorities and opposition. It is important that a candidate's program should correspond to our political position," Gurbanov said.

The presidential elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for mid-October.

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