GUAM Observation Mission Plans to Hold Wider Monitoring in Presidential Elections in Azerbaijan, Says Secretary General
Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 October / Trend corr. R.Novruzov / GUAM observation mission plans to hold wider monitoring in the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
їWe will try to hold wider monitoring and visit most election stations both in the capital and regions in Azerbaijan,ї Valery Chechelashvili, Secretary General of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development ї GUAM, told Trend via a telephone from Kiev.
GUAM will send an observation mission headed by secretary general to Azerbaijan on 13 October.
Mission will meet with presidential contenders from 13 to 17 October.
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.
Four post-Soviet republics; Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established the GUAM format in 1997 during a summit of presidents of European Union countries in Strasburg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the organization but left four years later. In 2006, at the first summit of the organization in Kiev a decision was made to announce GUAM as an international organization with a new name; Organization for Democracy and Economic Development ї GUAM
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