Organization is necessary for Azerbaijani opposition to win at municipal elections: party

Politics Materials 3 June 2009 14:57 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 3 / Trend J. Babayeva /

The Azerbaijani National Independence Party considers that opposition parties will fail to achieve success at municipal elections independently.

"Opposition parties have no sufficient resources to achieve success independently. It is necessary for opposition parties to participate in elections in organized form," the party's secretary on press and propaganda Ali Orujev told Trend on June 3.

Municipal elections are scheduled for December 2009 in Azerbaijan. Presently, roughly 2,757 municipalities operate in the country. Their number is expected to reduce to 1,766 after merging of several municipalities.  

It is necessary to conduct forum of opposition on the threshold of municipal elections, Orujev said. "Opposition parties have common interests. There will not be fervent attitude towards holding of forum. Confrontation before municipal elections between two opposition unions concerning forum will lead to negative results. We call for ceasing mutual accusations in opposition," the party's member said. 

Organization of opposition at municipal elections can be beginning to preparation for Parliamentary elections, he said.

As concerns talks on municipal elections held by the party with several parties, Orujev said that discussions were suspended. "Parties showing interest in talks did not make final decisions concerning municipal elections. Talks will resume before elections," he said.

The Azerbaijani National Independence Party was established in 1992. It is the first party in Azerbaijan that passed state registration. There was split in the party after its founder and chairman Etibar Mammadov left the party. Several members left the party as a sign of discontent during leadership of Ali Aliyev elected chairman after Mammadov. Presently, Mammadov is deputy chairman of the international democratic union.

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