Azerbaijan, Baku, July 22 / Trend, T. Hajiyev /
Radical opposition will never be able to unite in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Social Democratic Party head
Araz Alizade told Trend.
"In due time these people were members of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan (PFA) and left it for their personal ambitions. They left PFA not due to ideological differences, but because of personal ambitions, because they will never be able to unite," Alizade said.
SDP chairman Alizade believes that in fact the radical opposition parties in Azerbaijan do not even try to unite. They delude people by creating the appearance of the unification.
"They act as they work; however, they do not realize that they are no longer in politics. They only exist physically," Alizade said.
He said the current radical opposition parties delivered the biggest blow to democracy in Azerbaijan.
"For the first time they committed coup in Azerbaijan. They first put Azerbaijan before the Civil War. There was a disagreement and the practice of beating journalists during their reign. Censorship in press was also used by them, although later Heydar Aliyev abolished censorship. They beat and arrested those who held rallies. That is they are only reaping what they have sown," Alizade said.
The party chairman also spoke about the causes of the current state of the opposition parties.
"Late 1980's - early 1990's was a period of Romanticism in the Azerbaijani politics. During this period, young people come into politics and wanted to do something for the motherland. When they saw that the people participate in the rallies for money, groups are created to beat their political opponents, then these young people have turned away from politics and began to pursue their professional careers. Today, the talented young people are not going into politics in Azerbaijan. They basically try to build their professional career," he said.
Alizade said most people working in the current "Musavat" party, the Popular Front and other parties, are the peoples who came into politics in the late 1980's - early 1990's.
"Although now they are first people in their parties, whereas in early 1990's these people were regarded as peoples of the seventh or eighth levels in these parties. Because there were very talented people in these parties. Now, talented people have left the ranks of the party. And those who have not left do not improve or develop. They stuck in 1980's. The only way they know is holding the rallies, to which no one comes. The only thing that they hope is to hold rallies in public places so that at least someone came to the rally for fun. And they hope that the West will help them," Alizade said.