Establishment of Azerbaijani Oppositionїs New Cooperation Centre after Presidential Elections Not Excluded
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 October / Trend corr. A.Huseynbala / Panah Huseyn, a member of the Azerbaijani opposition MP group, does not exclude establishment of oppositionїs new cooperation centers and new blocs after the presidential elections.
їOpposition forces, whose positions are different, will not cooperate. The current format can be changed,ї the MP told Trend on 10 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.
On 5 September, parties included in Azadlig bloc the (the Popular Front Party, the Liberal Party and the Citizen and Development), the Musavat Party and the Public Forum `For Azerbaijanї signed a joint statement on recognition of the presidential elections to be held on 15 October as illegitimate. Government to be formed after the presidential elections, are announced as illegitimate in the statement.
Policy of the Azerbaijani authorities and development tendency of events requires total unification of the opposition, Huseyn said.
їUnification of democratic opposition and coordination of their resources require action to preserve at least fundamental primary democratic values as well as democratic potential and resistance force of society. At present the opposition is under crisis state and the above-mentioned objectives, surely, cannot be achieved in this condition. Therefore, it is necessary to expect democratic forces actively to enter political arena and resist. The election of 2008 is not an important stage. The years 2009 and 2010 will be more important for opposition. Therefore, from now the opposition should solve some important issues to get prepared for this stage,ї Huseyn said.
According to Huseyn, the first step of the opposition should be an attitude towards elections held in undemocratic condition.
їShould a positive decision will be made on participation in the elections in 2009 and 2010, a new tactics demand will arouse. Although boycott represents a position, I consider this position useless. An attitude towards the authorities, which were not formed as a result of democratic and fair elections, should be discussed. Nevertheless, it is real authorities and political forces, which function under the law, should take it into consideration,ї Huseyn said.
Although the Opposition Cooperation Centreїs boycott decision was designated for a short period, it had a little impact on the process.
їMajority of political forces, which claim the name of real opposition in Azerbaijan, refused to nominate own candidates and through this step expressed their protest against policy of the current authorities, interior political situation of the country and not holding presidential elections under fair and democratic conditions. Currently, it can be considered as acceptable. This is also a political position. Therefore, I do not consider the boycott decision as unimportant. I am sure that the authorities will see its impact,ї Huseyn said.
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