Azerbaijan, Baku, 26 August / Trend corr. J.Babayeva / Aliyar Safarli, an associate member of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), was nominated for the presidential post individually, Safarli told Trend on 26 August.
The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October. So far, 18 people applied to the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to participate in the upcoming presidential elections. The CEC confirmed candidatures of the chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party Ilham Aliyev, the chairman of the Greens Party Mais Gulaliyev, the chairman of the Azerbaijani Unified Popular Front Party Gudrat Hasanguliyev, the chairman of the Muasir Musavat party Hafiz Hajiyev, the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Fuad Aliyev and the chairman of the Umid Party Igbal Agazade, Yashar Ahmadov (an unemployed person), Alimukhtar Akbarov (a pensioner), Sevinj Guliyeva (a junior nurse at the Sumgayit Central Clinic Hospital), Vugar Seyidov (a doctor) and Gudrat Isagov (a senior scientist of the Physics Institute of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences), a former chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan Supreme Assembly Gulamhuseyn Alibayli, the senior advisor of Madaniyyet (Culture) newspaper Teymur Guliyev, the editor-in-chief of Ekspertiza (Examination) newspaper Suleyman Guliyev, chairman of Great Establishment Party, Fazil Gazanfaroglu and independent candidate Fikrat Ahadov (an editor of the scientific and methodological magazine of the Education Ministry), Arif Aliyev (an unemployed person) and Ali Agaevli (the director of the juridical, economic and social research centre).
The CEC officially registered the candidature of President Ilham Aliyev, the chairman of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP).
According to Safarli, he hopes that he will gain many votes in the elections. "I struggled for Azerbaijan within 50 years and gained great success in the filed of science and education. I was engaged in diplomatic activities in Afghanistan in the Soviet period. I was the Ambassador to Iran from 1994 to 1998 during the independency period," he said.
Safarli has submitted his documents to the CEC. "I am sure that I will collect more than required 40,000 signatures. I rely on votes of politically and morally conscious people, persons and intellectuals," Safarli said.
According to Safarli, at present he is engaged in scientific and research work at the ANAS Literature Institute and is a specialist on old medieval Azerbaijani literature.
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