Azerbaijani Opposition Party Sets New Terms to Join Coalition

Politics Materials 19 September 2008 18:01 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 September / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ Opposition Azerbaijan Democratic Party (ADP) set a new term to join the coalition of the parties boycotting presidential elections.

"Should Musavat party call back its MPs from the Parliament, we will reconsider our position regarding joining the opposition coalition," ADP Chairman Sardar Jalaloglu said to Trend on 19 September.

Presidential elections in Azerbaijan will take place on 15 October. A group of opposition parties is boycotting the elections. Leader of the National Unity movement Lala Shovkat, head of the public forum For Azerbaijan Eldar Namazov, chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan Ali Karimli, Chairman of the Musavat party Isa Gambar, Chairman of the Citizen and Development Party Ali Aliyev, also boycotting the elections, signed a joint statement on presidential elections.

ADP refused to join the document. According to the head of the Musavat's Central executive administration Arif Hajili, should ADP join the coalition, it will be possible to create a new opposition bloc.

Musavat is represented at the Parliament by 4 MPs.

Jalaloglu said the term of the Musavat, which it had posed before, must be taken as refusal to cooperate.

"Such unions are important both to us and the opposite side," said Jalaloglu.

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