U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan meets with political party leaders

Politics Materials 24 February 2009 18:26 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan hosted a meeting with leaders of the country's political parties.

"The meeting focused on the public and political processes in Azerbaijan and the referendum," opposition Azerbaijan Democrat Party Chairman Sardar Jalaloglu told Trend on Feb. 24.

The referendum campaign began on Feb. 18 and will end March 16 at midnight.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) decided to allot the referendum groups 90 minutes of airtime on both the Public Television and Public Radio stations.

Airtime will be provided on the television from 18:15 and on the radio from 20:15.

The groups will receive four blocks of free airtime during the campaign.

Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend the Constitution.

The CEC registered the New Azerbaijan, Shahar, Tereggi, Huquq Va Demokratiya, Vatandash Jamiyyati, For Long-Term Development, Zaka, Movement For Karabakh and the Republic and Republicans groups. The Abad Kand, Azad Soz, Azerbaijan People's Republic and Milli Istiglal groups failed to pass registration.

The Azerbaijani Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.

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