Azerbaijan, Baku, June 16 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
The main criterion for funding of political parties from the state budget in Azerbaijan must be their representation in the parliament, said the executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) Ali Ahmedov.
He said if to examine other criteria, there is a serious confusion. According to Ahmedov, the elections are held in Azerbaijan on the majority system, and this seriously affects the activities of political parties.
"This factor must be considered when the issue of funding. The most fair form is the representation of parties in the parliament. Their representation in the parliament is an indication of their support by the people," said Ahmedov.
Ahmedov stated that serious discussions must be conducted on what principles the political parties should be based, what should be the focus of their activities.
According to Ahmedov, now only a few political parties are functioning in Azerbaijan.
"But there are many parties that are not functioning, and we can say they do not even have the capacity to do so. With the adoption of a new law on political parties, we must modernize representation of political parties in Azerbaijan as well," said Ahmedov.