Azerbaijan’s Opposition Party not to Join Blocs
Azerbaijan, Baku, 31 October/ Trend , corr A. Huseynbala/ From now on Azerbaijan's opposition Open Society Party (OSP) will not join blocs set up by opposition parties.
"OSP will continue its political activity independently. Steps taken by opposition for a next unification will not yield results," Akif Shahbazov, chief of OSP said to Trend .
Right-wing opposition Open Society Party was founded in April 2007. Party's leader is former MP Rasul Guluyev, who lives as an emigrant in the United States. The chief of the Party is Akif Shahbazov. Guluyev led the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan from 1998 to 2007. Later, his supporters refused DPA membership and set up Open Society party. Though OSP did not nominate its own candidate for the 15 October 2008 presidential election, party's members voted for ruling party candidate Ilham Aliyev. OSP has not joined opposition bloc since it was established.
Both individual and joint struggle of opposition has not been efficient until now, he said.
"There will be no prospects of realization of any format of opposition parties and steps taken for a joint struggle will be failure. Because, opposition political parties have united and then separated for many times. They do not aim to unite once again," OSP chief said.
Shahbazov said he has discussed future action plan with the leader of the party Rasul Guluyev. The party will struggle further while being committed to its opposition position.
"As an opposition, besides appreciating positive moves by the government, we will also criticize shortcomings and offer solutions out of problems," Shahbazov said.
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