Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
One important reason, which greatly contributed to the loss of positions of the Azerbaijani opposition is that radicalism has increased, said the deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP)
"One of the reasons that you should definitely notice is that the Azerbaijani opposition is inclined to radicalism," Ahmedov said in an interview with Trend on Friday.
Azeri public does not want to radicalism, he said.
"This is one of the realities of public-political stability, demonstrated recently by Azerbaijan. People appreciate the public-political stability and consider radicalism as aggression threatening the political stability which is necessary for all members of society. As more radical opposition will be and as more will resort to aggressive methods, as more it will lose public support and people," said Ahmedov.
"Azerbaijan is rapidly developing and changing. The standard of living of people has increased significantly. This is one of the irrefutable realities of Azerbaijan. Of course, the position of the New Azerbaijan Party has strengthened and its ranks have expanded, which successfully carries out its activities in this regard. If annually about 25-30,000 new members join NAP, it means that the positions of the opposition parties are weakening. Azerbaijani citizens, especially youth, understand that the NAP's policy most closely covers their interests and desires. On this backdrop, there are processes that determine the parameters of public positions of political parties," said the representative of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party.
Ali Ahmedov expressed his negative attitude towards the Islamic factor in the political process.
"The politicization of religion has not brought any political dividend to any country and the success of any people. Religion is a social phenomenon, it must operate in an entirely different plane. Politicization of religion may be accompanied by the arrival of elements, changing its essence," said he said.