Changes Should be Injected into Azerbaijani Legislation because of New Political Situation: Vice-Speaker

Politics Materials 27 September 2008 16:30 (UTC +04:00)
Changes Should be Injected into Azerbaijani Legislation because of New Political Situation: Vice-Speaker

Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 September / Trend corr. I.Alizade / Bahar Muradova, the vice-speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, believes that the Law on Political Parties should be changed after the presidential elections.

"A new political situation will arouse in Azerbaijan after the presidential elections and the Law on Political Parties should be adjusted to new realities," Muradova, the vice-speaker, said at a news conference, which was held in connection with the autumn session of the parliament on 27 September.

A total of 52 political parties passed state registration in Azerbaijan. At present 12 political parties are represented at Milli Majlis (the Azerbaijani Parliament).

The Law on Political Parties was adopted in 1992. So far, no changes and supplements have been injected into the Law. Changes of the Law envisage financing of political parties by the public budget.

The public budget cannot finance all parties, Safa Mirzayev, the chairman of the Milli Majlis Executive body, said. Political organizations, which gained definite success (at least 4% of 5% of votes) in the parliamentary elections, may be financed by the public budget, he said.

The chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) and current President Ilham Aliyev will win in the presidential elections, Muradova said.

"We should wait for results to know votes of the NAP candidate and other six candidates. This will create new reality," Muradova said.

Some opposition parties boycotting the elections created new situation in political life with their steps, the vice-speaker stressed. However, this situation is against the boycotting parties.

"It is necessary to adopt new rules for new political period. Therefore, this issue should be discussed after the elections once more. The Law on Political Parties should be re-developed taking into consideration political realities of a new period and objective reasons. The Law should be coordinated with requirements of the Constitution and meet realities," Muradova stressed.

The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held on 15 October. Seven candidates will take part in the elections, including Ilham Aliyev, chairman of ruling New Azerbaijan Party; Igbal Agazade, chairman of opposition Umid (Hope) Party; Fazil Gazanfaroglu, chairman of Great Establishment Party; Gudrat Hasanguliyev, chairman of Unified Popular Front Party; Hafiz Hajiyev, chairman of Muasir Musavat Party; Fuad Aliyev, chairman of Liberal Democrat Party and independent candidate Gulamhuseyn Alibayli.

Five Azerbaijani opposition organizations boycott the elections and some opposition parties do not participate in the elections with own candidates.

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