Azerbaijani Governing Party Expects Initiative of Dialogue from Opposition
Azerbaijan, Baku, 11 Dec/ Trend corr. A.Huseynbala / The ruling party of Azerbaijan highlighted its readiness for the dialogue with the oppositional parties, which
boycotted presidential elections.
"We are ready for dialogue if the oppositional parties make an initiative," Mubariz Gurbanli, deputy executive secretary of ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), told Trend on Dec. 11.
After presidential elections on Oct. 15, discussions commenced in Azerbaijan with regards to the dialogue between the power and opposition. Over the recent days, information was provided that the dialogue will be conducted, also, with the oppositional forces, which boycotted elections.
Center for Opposition Cooperation includes bloc Azadlig (Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, Liberal Party, Citizens and Development Party), Musavat Party and For Azerbaijan public forum. At early 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 Azerbaijan' signed a joint statement on recognition of the presidential elections to be held on Oct. 15 as illegitimate.
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.
As a result of elections, Ilham Aliyev, candidate from ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP), was elected President, gaining 88.73% of the votes.
Igbal Agazade gained 2.86%, Fazil Gazanfaroglu - 2.40%, Gudrat Hasanguliyev - 2.28%, Gulamhuseyn Alibayli - 2.23%, Fuad Aliyev - 0.78% and Hafiz Hajiyev - 0.65%.
Gurbanli said that the clear example of the dialogue between
the power and opposition were the presidential elections.
After the elections, the chairmen of the oppositional parties, which participated in the presidential elections, congratulated winner, i.e., the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and thus, demonstrated civilization in the relations between the power and the opposition.
According to Gurbanli, the parties which boycotted the elections lose their position in the society and leave the political arena.
With regards the accusations that the Government of
Azerbaijan creates the union of part of opposition, like Russia, the official representative of NAP said that the opposition is determined not by
"Opposition must itself prove its essence. The question of the dialogue between the power and opposition, as a rule, is raised in the oppositional press. But in the society there is the atmosphere for the dialogue," said Gurbanli.
"In the ceremony of inauguration, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, again called all people to co-operation," MP Siyavush Novruzov, deputy executive secretary of NAP, told Trend .
He said that the question of dialogue has always been in the
program of ruling party.
"Today there are very good relations between the parties. In the presidential elections, we even collaborated with many oppositional parties, they supported our candidate, participated in the pre-election campaign," said Novruzov.
The functionary of NAP considers that in Azerbaijan there are several parties, which hold themselves away from the society.
"The heads of these parties must think of this problem. The problem is not the ideology of parties, but the people, who head them. Firstly it is necessary to conduct reforms inside the parties, then already it is possible to think of co-operation in any form with these political forces in the future," said Novruzov.
The NAP was founded in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan (NAR) in 1992 by Heydar Aliyev, who then was the chair of the Nakhchivan Parliament. Present chair of the party is the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who has been taking the position for 15 years.
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