A group of Azerbaijani opposition parties decline to unite for municipal elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 1/ Trend , A. Huseynbala/
A group of Azerbaijani opposition parties will not participate in the municipal elections together with those who have launched a union.
"Our major goal is to maintain the movement we have launched on referendum," Azerbaijani Democratic Party chairman Sardar Jalaloglu told Trend . ADP is a member of the Movement for Karabakh and Republic.
Azerbaijan will hold municipal elections in autumn of 2009. The previous elections were held in 1999 and 2004.
Jalaloglu said the other options of participation in the municipal elections are also being discussed. "The first option calls for opposition's participating in the municipal election with a unified bloc. The second option is that each party will participate separately, but will coordinate actions with the Movement for Karabakh and Republic," he said.
The ADP will not cooperate also with the Public Forum for Azerbaijan in the municipal elections. "Forum's head Eldar Namazov did not join events held on the referendum campaign. Therefore his participation in further processes is impossible," Jalaloglu said.
The opposition National Independence Party is also less likely to take part in the municipal elections. "The ANIP did not approve our initiative to join referendum actions. The further cooperation with this party is not option," he said.
The Movement for Republic and Karabakh was founded by Azerbaijani Popular Front Party, Citizens and Development Party, Democrat, Musavat and Umid party.
Jalalogli said his party does not accept initiative of the Union for Democracy which composes five opposition parties. "This union did not support our referendum campaign group. Therefore we have decided not to cooperate with the union's member parties," Jalaloglu said.
The Union for Democracy was founded by the opposition Classic Popular Front Party, Azadlig party and National Democracy Party after the 2005 parliamentary elections.
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