Azerbaijani Opposition Party’s Members, Refusing to Join Presidential Elections Instructed to Participate in Voting

Politics Materials 20 August 2008 16:47 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 August / Trend corr. E.Babayev / The opposition Great Establishment Party (GEP) will not boycott the presidential elections. "The GEP just does not participate in the elections with its own candidate. Members of our party will participate in voting," MP Fazil Gazanfaroglu, the chairman of the GEP said to Trend on 20 August.

The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October. Azadlig bloc, uniting three opposition parties (the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, the Liberal Party and the Citizen and Development Party), and the Classical Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, the Open Society, the Musavat, the Civil Solidarity, the Democratic, the Great Establishment, the National Independence, the Social Democratic parties and Eldar Namazov, the head of the Public Forum of 'For Azerbaijan', refused to participate in the elections.

According to Gazanfaroglu, the party's members have not given with any instruction to vote for any concrete candidate from the opposition or the authorities. "On this matter, we give our members full freedom and we made a decision on this matter. They can vote for any candidate," Gazanfaroglu said.

The pro-opposition GEP registered by the state in 2005, was established in 2004. Fazil Gazanfaroglu, the chairman of the party, is a MP of Milli Majlis.

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