Azerbaijani opposition party against of cutting number of municipalities

Politics Materials 12 June 2009 15:39 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 12 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/

An Azerbaijani opposition party is against of reducing the number of municipalities.

"The number of municipalities cannot be reduced, on the contrary, they must be increased and provided with additional authority," the Liberal Democratic Party of Azerbaijan told Trend on June 12.

The Azerbaijani parliament adopted a law on "Uniting several municipalities in Azerbaijan" in May. Under the law, the number of municipalities in Azerbaijan will be reduced from 2,757 to 1,766. Municipal elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for autumn 2009, and parliamentary - in the autumn of 2010. The municipal elections were held twice - in 1999 and 2004.

At present it is very important to create communities in large cities, the opposition party believes. "There are no concepts of "executive committees" of districts and cities in the world. For this reason, the LDPA believes that municipalities have to replace the executive powers," the party said.

The LDPA was founded in 1999. The party split into two parts after party chairman Zakir Mammadov died in 2000. Party led by Fuad Aliyev was recognized ALDP by the Supreme Court in 2004.

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