No necessity to establish large municipality in Baku: deputy chairman of Azerbaijani ruling party
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 29 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
Deputy chairman, executive secretary of Azerbaijani ruling party thinks that it is unnecessary to establish united municipality in Baku.
"This action is likely to be wrong amid Azerbaijani society's current attitude towards municipalities' activity," deputy chairman, executive secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party, Ali Ahmadov, told official website of the ruling party on October 29.
Azerbaijani municipal elections are scheduled for December 23. About 15,682 members are expected to be elected for 1,718 municipalities.
Municipal elections were held twice in 1999 and 2004.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has repeatedly proposed the initiative to hold the mayoral elections in Azerbaijan, especially, in Baku. Proposals on the establishment of a large urban municipality in Baku were often in agenda.
Ahmadov said that it is necessary to consider negative attitude of the Azerbaijani society towards activity of municipalities more seriously. "I think it would be early to implement the requirements of certain organizations without solving the issue," deputy chairman said.
This issue can be a major subject for discussion only after the municipalities adequately demonstrate the ability to carry out their tasks and confirm the desire to serve the people, Ahmadov said.
"Today, first, the municipal elections have been launched. There is no sense to speak about establishment of a single municipality. It can be seriously discussed in five years. Second, it is very important to solve existing problems. When the municipalities have a great responsibility in future, they will able to adequately cope with it, not causing any problems for citizens, " Ahmadov said.
The New Azerbaijan party was established by Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev in 1992. That moment Aliyev was chairman of Supreme Mejlis of Nakhichivan. Presently, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev has been ruling the party for 16 years.
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