Ruling party official: Activities of political parties in Azerbaijan are not enough to be financed by state
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
The activities of political parties in Azerbaijan are not enough to be financed by the state, said the deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) Ali Ahmedov.
"Today in Azerbaijan, one of the arguments and even one of the main arguments in proposing to improve the law on political parties is associated with the financing of political parties. Basically, I have positive attitude towards this issue. Perhaps there is a need for funding of political parties in the country, but the activities of the political parties are not enough to be funded by public funds," Ahmedov said in an interview with Trend on Friday.
Political parties in the world do not operate due to the public funds, said Ahmedov.
According to him, it is possible to list a lot of countries in which the parties are not publicly funded. "In some countries, certain state aid is provided for the normal activities of the parties. But the financial assistance provided by state is insufficient for the activities of these parties. This is just a state support, to some extent provided to the parties. There is no country that can be set as an example, where political parties would exist due to the state funds," said Ahmedov.
According to Ahmedov, political parties are established a social group for active participation in political processes and for the sake of representation in power in the event of a successful policy.
"Community groups determine and provide the forms and sources of funding the party created by them. Thus an organization appears, which expresses the interests of certain group, and if this is true, the party claims to power and this group creates all necessary conditions for the legitimate activities of the organization. The party is funded by membership fees, donations other necessary resources," said Ahmedov.
The practice in the world consists of exactly this, said deputy chairman of the ruling party.