Oppositionists Boycotting Presidential Elections in Azerbaijan Call upon Council of Europe to Really Assess Situation

Politics Materials 18 September 2008 19:58 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 September /corr. Trend J.Babayeva / Some oppositional parties, which signed joint statement regarding boycotting of the presidential elections in Azerbaijan, do not agree with the opinion on inaccuracy of the decision on boycott, expressed by the head of the observation mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Andreas Herkel.

The Co-chairman of the oppositional Azadlyg Bloc, Chairman of the Citizen and Development Party, Ali Aliyev, called upon Herkel to really assess the situation.

"International organizations, before which the Government of Azerbaijan undertook obligations, take great responsibility, and even the Council of Europe can be the first in the list of these organizations. Naturally, in order to retain its image, this organization must make this statement. It would be better if the delegation of the Council of Europe would make assessment of real situation in Azerbaijan," Aliyev told Trend , commenting on the statements of the head of observation mission Andreas Herkel regarding boycotting.

At the press conference in Baku on 19 September, Herkel described most unsuccessful step the process of boycotting of the presidential elections by some oppositional parties of Azerbaijan.

At the beginning of September the parties represented at Azadlyg Bloc - Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, Liberal Party, Citizen and Development Party, as well as Musavat Party and Public Forum "For Azerbaijan", signed a joint statement recognizing illegal the 15 October Presidential elections. The statement declared illegitimate the power, which will be formed after the presidential elections.

Head of Public Forum "For Azerbaijan", Eldar Namazov, told Trend that the boycotting decision of the opposition leaders of Azerbaijan was absolutely adequate to the situation.

"Boycotting is not permanent method of fight. This decision does not mean that the opposition leaders will not participate in the future elections," Namazov said.

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