Monitoring Missions’ Different Opinions on Azerbaijani Presidential Elections to be Discussed at PACE Winter Session

Politics Materials 2 December 2008 12:45 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 2 December / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ Different opinions between monitoring missions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) concerning the Azerbaijani presidential lections will be discussed in winter session of the PACE.

"The PACE monitoring mission sought to include positive achievements of the presidential elections in a final report, which has been jointly developed by the OSCE and the CE. However, the OSCE monitoring mission objected it and publicizing of a joint report was late for several hours," on 2 December Samad Seyidov, the PACE vice-president and head of Azerbaijan's delegation to this organization, said at a news conference on results of meetings of the PACE bureau and permanent committee, held in Paris a while ago.

Seven candidates run for presidency at the 15 October presidential 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.

According to CEC, Ilham Aliyev gained a majority -88.73%, Igbal Agazade -2.86%, Fazil Gazanfaroglu - 2.4%, Gudrat Hasanguliyev - 2.28%, Gulamhuseyn Alibayli - 2.23%, Fuad Aliyev - 0.78% and Hafiz Hajiyev - 0.65%.

The PACE seriously worries about difference of opinions between the European monitoring missions, Seyidov said.

"This matter has aroused a big problem between the OSCE and the CE. This issue will be seriously discussed in the PACE winter session to prevent creation of such a problem in future," the head of the delegation said.

Difference of opinions between the OSCE and the PACE monitoring missions is a result of their two standard-approach to Azerbaijan, he said.

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