Azerbaijani opposition party identifies candidates through internal elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 8 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (LDPA) Fuad Aliyev said authority to determine the candidates are given to the party's local organizations.
"The party's regional organizations determine the candidates for the parliamentary elections at their conferences," Aliyev told Trend.
Parliamentary elections will be held in Azerbaijan in autumn this year. The last elections were held in November 2005. The parliamentary elections are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies in Azerbaijan.
The conferences discuss the nomination of two or three members of the party's local organizations, he said.
"Member who has a better chance will be nominated as a result of these discussions. The party's local organizations' conferences have already clarified nominations of 22 people," Aliyev said.
The party will hold extraordinary congress that scheduled for early October, due to the parliamentary elections. "Then all the candidates of the opposition parties will already be known. We will hold a general discussion on assessment of chances of other candidates from opposition parties and our own at the extraordinary congress. If in a certain constituency, the chances of a candidate from another party will be high, then we will decide to withdraw an applicant of our party. We want the opposition to win maximum seats at the forthcoming parliamentary elections," Aliyev said.
Liberal-Democratic party was established in 2000. Party chairman Zakir Mammadov died in 2001. Party split in 2001. Valekh Ibadov and Fuad Aliyev pretended for chairmanship in the party. Party headed by Fuad Aliyev was recognized as Liberal-Democratic party and was registered upon decision of the Supreme Court in 2004.
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