Azerbaijani opposition party faces disagreements over municipal elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 13 / Trend , J. Babayeva/
Azerbaijani National Independence Party (ANIP) is facing disagreements over the municipal elections.
"Certain part of the party support party's participation in the municipal elections individually and other part supports participation in a union. Party's supreme body will decideform of the participation in the elections given pre-election conditions," ANIP spokesperson Ali Orujov told Trend .
Azerbaijan will hold municipal election in late 2009.
Orujov said he supports ANIP's participation in municipal elections as a bloc. "The municipal elections are quite different from other elections both by character and local importance. There are informal talks about a merger to take part in the elections. There are political forces with which we can find a common ground. We are ready to cooperate with political forces that prioritize national values and give an impetus to the democratization process and try to up the political activity in the society," he said.
He said political parties need to unite in the bloc based on ideological grounds. "Liberal, right and ideological principles of the parties represented in the bloc Azadlig are unknown. It is better to establish unions with ideological foundations rather such as amorphous associations. The strategic objectives of the bloc parties must be clear and they must be sincere. Ambitions of these forces should be brought into line with their capabilities," Orujov said.
He said still union of opposition parties, unfortunately, did not have success. "They blame each other for these failures. And even forces which were former allies insult to each other. This is the reason for the decline of the credibility of the opposition and cold relations among the opposition parties," Orujov said.
The ANIP, founded in 1992, is the first officially registered political party in Azerbaijan. Etibar Mammadov was the founder and chairman of the party until 2004. At present, Mammadov is the deputy chairman of the International Democratic Society.