Head of Council of Europe Observation Mission Meets with Opposition Leaders Boycotting Elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 September/ Trend , corr J. Babayeva/ Head of observation mission of Parliament Assembly of Council of Europe Andreas Herkel meet with the leaders of opposition parties boycotting upcoming presidential elections on 17 September.
"We informed European experts of the reasons behind the boycott of elections," Ali Aliyev, co-chairman of opposition Azadlig bloc said to Trend .
At the early September, parties included in Azadlig bloc the (the Popular Front Party, the Liberal Party and the Citizen and Development), the Musavat Party and the Public Forum 'For Azerbaijan' signed a joint statement on recognition of the presidential elections to be held on 15 October as illegitimate. Government to be formed after the presidential elections, are announced as illegitimate in the statement.
PACE delegation of five people led by Herkel has been holding meetings in Azerbaijan since 16 September.
The European experts were informed of the lack of democratic environment in a period prior to elections, inaccurate Election Code, violation of freedom of assembly and arrest of journalists, he said.
Herkel said he will bring opposition's claims to the notice of Azerbaijani government.
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