Azerbaijan’s leftist opposition party’s participation in municipal elections depends on financial issues

Politics Materials 10 April 2009 16:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 10 / Trend , A. Huseynbala/

Azerbaijani leftist opposition party's participation in the municipal elections will depend on financial issues.

"We do not have enough finance to participate in the elections. Regional braches will decide to take part in the election individually," Azerbaijan's Social Democratic Party chair Araz Alizade told Trend .

Azerbaijan will hold municipal elections in December 2009.

Previous municipal elections were held in 1999 and 2004.

Alizade said each branch will nominate its own candidate for municipal elections once their address their financial problems.

"The party is less likely to nominate candidates for all municipalities nationwide," he said. 

Alizade said his party will not cooperate with any political party during the elections.

SDPA is a left-wing opposition party. Araz Alizade and former Azerbaijani President Ayaz Mutallibov co-founded the party. Mutallibov was elected Azerbaijan's first president shortly after the country gained independence in 1992. Later a lawsuit was filed against him. He is charged with coup d'eta, launching armed groups and seizing power by force and other grave crimes. Mutallibov has lived in Russia since 1992.

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