Azerbaijani Opposition Party Determines Its Position on Presidential Elections

Politics Materials 1 October 2008 15:32 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 01 October /corr. Trend J.Babayeva / Azerbaijan National Democratic Party (ANDP) determined its position regarding presidential elections. "The party will not join other opposition parties boycotting the elections. The members of the party are free to vote for candidate who they support," ANDP Chairman, Tufan Kerimli, told Trend on 1 October.

He added that the party intends to observer the presidential elections.

Presidential elections will take place in Azerbaijan on 15 October. Seven contenders will participate - the chairman of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party Ilham Aliyev, chairman of the Umid Party Igbal Agazade, chairman of the Great Establishment Party Fazil Gazanfaroglu, chairman of the Muasir Musavat party Hafiz Hajiyev, the chairman of the Unified Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan Gudrat Hasanguliyev, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Azerbaijan Fuad Aliyev and independent candidate Gulamhuseyn Alibayli.

ANDP has not passed State registration and therefore, it can not join the elections with its candidate. The complaint, connected with the non-registration of ANDP by State, is considered by the European Court on Human Rights.Touching upon the question of the registration of party, the ANDP Chairman said that after the congress in August, the documents were repeatedly submitted to the Ministry of Justice for the registration. "The Ministry said that the documents are under consideration, and a response will be made over next few days," added Kerimli.

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