Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 August / Trend corr. E.Babayev / The ruling New Azerbaijan party (NAP) has stated that it expected that some opposition parties would refuse from participation in the presidential elections.
"About 30,000 people are involved into the process within NAP. Neither party has such a social ground. Collection of 40,000 signatures in order to register candidatures is impossible," MP Siyavush Novruzov, the Deputy Executive Secretary of NAP, said on 7 August.
Azerbaijan will host the presidential elections on 15 October. Two opposition parties (Popular Front and Citizen and Development) and one movement (National Unity), which are represented in the Azadlig bloc, as well as the Classical Popular Front Party made a decision to boycott the elections. Musavat, Citizen Solidarity, Democratic and Great Establishment parties refused from participation in the elections with their own candidates. It is expected that the National Independent, Open Society, Social and Democratic parties and head of the Public Forum For the name of Azerbaijan to make decision regarding the elections.
Umid party has already nominated the candidature of the chairman Igbal Agazade, Modern Musavat party - chairman Hafiz Haciyev , Popular Front Party of Unified Azerbaijan - chairman Gudrat Hasanguliyev and Liberal and Democratic Party - chairman Fuad Aliyev.
The ruling New Azerbaijan Party has nominated the candidature of the incumbent Preident Ilham Aliyev.
The Green Party of Azerbaijan has nominated the candidature of the chairman Mais Gulaliyev.
Besides the aforesaid persons, Yashar Ahmadov - jobless, Alimukhtar Akbarov -pensioner, Sevinj Guliyeva - hospital attendant in the Central Clinical Hospital in Sumgayit, Vugar Seyidov -physician, Gudrat Isagov - leading science employee in the Physics Institute under the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan (NASA) have also nominated their candidatures to the presidential post.
According to Novruzov, opposition does not have social ground and therefore it has limited possibilities to participate in the elections.
"The opposition's will to create coalition does not concern us. We are redy for open and democratic struggle with opposition," Novruzov said. The leaders of opposition parties, which intend to boycott the elections, stated about the possibility to create a coalition.
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