Several new resignations observed in Azerbaijani opposition party (UPDATE)
Editor's note.: some parts from statement of resigning people was added (first version was published at 16:02)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 14 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
There are several successive resignations in Musavat Party. Dozens of members of the party decided to withdraw from the city organization of Sumgait, a member of the political council of Sumgait organization Keramet Salayev told Trend.
He said that they resigned because of disagreement with the party's course. They are mainly protesting against the party's position on the issue of unification with Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA).
"The main reason for our resignation from the party is the party's refusal from the policy of unification with PFPA. The steps against the union point to the unwillingness of Musavat to participate in the political struggle for the presidency in 2013," he said.
He said that another reason for the resignation is ideological clashes within the party.
"At the moment, there are ideological clashes within the party," he said.
He said that the resigned party members will make public statements.
Musavat head Isa Gambar proposed to unite the parties following the course of Rasulzadeh-Elchibey on July 15 at the 21st anniversary event of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan. The Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan reacted first to the proposal.
However, the head of the central executive office of the Musavat Party, Arif Hajili, told Trend on Monday that the last meeting of party's assembly decided to refuse unification with PFPA and further deepen partner relations with this party. Musavat's assembly is the supreme organ of the Party, and its decision reflects its official position.
Musavat was established in October 1911 in Baku. Musavat party is the center-right.
15 resigning people have issued a statement.
"The way to change the political situation in our favor, calling the people to actively fight for their rights and encourage the arrival of new forces in the democratic camp is to transform the Musavat Party and Azerbaijan Popular Front Party into a single structure. But the maneuvers of politicians acting from a position of the subjective interests prevented the union of the two major political organizations and created assumption that these politicians have deviated from their targets and retreat from the competition for power," the statement said.
Artificial delay in the process of unification of PFPA-Musavat has caused a sharp protest of ordinary party members and those who signed the statement, the statement said.
"We declare that our work to build a legal and democratic system in Azerbaijan is still ahead. We remain committed to democratic ideas, we believe in real democracy, a victory in the upcoming political marathon," the statement said.