Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
Azerbaijani opposition party intends to hold a congress before the parliamentary elections.
"We believe that for more serious preparation for the parliamentary elections it is necessary to hold a congress and elect a new chairman," the Press Secretary of the A
zerbaijan National Independence Party (ANIP), Ali Orujov told Trend March 15.
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. Some members of the ANIP left the party due to the discontent aroused during Ali Aliyev's chairmanship.
Presently, Mammadov is the deputy chairman of the International Democratic Society.
According to Orujov, if the congress is held and the chairman is selected, it will have a positive impact on the pre-election activities of local organizations of the party. "For a long time, our party has been acting without a chairman. We think that, if a chairman is elected, then the preparation process for the elections will proceed in a more organized way, local organizations will strengthen and new forces will be involved in our party," Orujov said.
"This issue will be discussed at the meeting of the Political Council, which will take place this week. We think, it would be advisable to hold the congress before the autumn. But the decision will be made after discussions," Orujev said, concerning on the time of the congress.
Former chairman of ANIP
Ayaz Rustamov resigned from the post at the end of 2007. It is necessary to hold an extraordinary party congress to elect a new chairman of the ANIP. Fagan Maharramli, chairman of Goranboy regional organization of the party, Aladdin Asgarov, chairman of Narimanov district organization and the Secretary of Press and Propaganda Ali Orujov of ANIP claim to the post of chairman.
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