Azerbaijani Opposition Parties Publicize Their Action Plan

Politics Materials 10 November 2008 17:49 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 November / Trend corr. A.Huseynbala / An action plan of the Azerbaijani opposition Liberal Party will be compiled within the framework of Azadlig bloc in 2009. "Our main objective is to hold referendum to change the Constitution. We want to turn Azerbaijan into the parliamentary republic," Avaz Temirkhan, the deputy chairman of the Azerbaijan Liberal Party (ALP), which is included in Azadlig bloc, told Trend on 10 November.

Lala Shovkat established the ALP in 1995. At present, Shovkat is the co-founder and co-chairman of the opposition Azadlig bloc. Shovkat resigned from a chairman position of the party on the eve of the presidential elections in 2003. Temirkhan, her deputy, fulfills duties of the party's chairman.

Shovkat was Secretary of State from July of 1993 to spring of 1994.

Лаля Шювкят 1993 - ъц илин ийулундан 1994 - ъц илин йазынадяк Дювлят каТиби олуб.

According to Temirkhan, main directions of Azadlig bloc's activity will include restoration of proportional election system and increase of number of MPs: "We desire proportional election system to be applied in the municipal elections in 2009," he said. "In 2009 we will focus our attention to involve the whole local organizations in the municipal elections," Yagub Abbasov, the deputy chairman of the opposition Open Society Party (OSP), told Trend on 10 November.

The right-wing opposition Open Society Party was founded in April 2007. Party's leaders former MP Rasul Guliyev, is an emigrant to the United States. Guliyev was the chairman of the Azerbaijani Democratic Party till February 2007, whilst his supporters left the ADP and established their Open Society Party. Although the OSP made a decision not to join the presidential elections on 15 October in 2008, the party supported Ilham Aliyev, a candidate of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party.

According to Abbasov, they will also pay special attention to the parliamentary elections to be held in 2010. "In accordance with the current political reality, we want to act seriously in cooperation perspectives of opposition political movements in 2009. We want the opposition to hold the same position in solution of national problems in 2009," the OSP official said.

The deputy chairman did not exclude to hold mass actions jointly with other opposition movements under the action plan in 2009: "The OSP targets to act in accordance with the current processes in the region.  Supporting the Azerbaijani authorities in settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should the top issue in activity of the opposition," Abbasov said.

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