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Azerbaijan rejects Venice Commission's proposal (UPDATE)

Politics Materials 28 October 2011 16:00
Azerbaijan did not agree with the CE Venice Commission's some proposals on political party financing.
Azerbaijan rejects Venice Commission's proposal (UPDATE)

The details were added after the third paragraph (the first version was published at 1:51 p.m.)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 / Trend T. Hajiyev /

Azerbaijan did not agree with the CE Venice Commission's some proposals on political party financing.

The Venice Commission has made ​​proposals during the discussions to provide foreigners with the right to create political parties in Azerbaijan, to finance these parties and to be members of political parties in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said told journalists today.

Hasanov said Azerbaijan rejected these proposals.

Hasanov said there is a tendency toward political integration in the EU countries.

"Therefore, foreign citizens may be members of political parties in European countries," Hasanov said. "The organizations of foreign countries can finance political parties in other countries."

He said it is impossible to apply this experience in Azerbaijan.

Hasanov stressed that the Venice Commission presented other recommendations and comments. At present, the work is underway.

"After the bill ["Financing of political parties in Azerbaijan"] is brought in accordance with the standards, it will be submitted to the parliament and then will be sent to the Council of Europe to obtain opinion given MPs' comments and proposals," Hasanov said.

The issue of financing the political parties in Azerbaijan was discussed at the 88th plenary session of the Venice Commission, held in Strasbourg on October14-15.

Ali Hasanov and chief of legislation, legal expertise department
of the Presidential Administration Shahin Aliyev attended the discussions on the draft law on "Political parties in Azerbaijan".

Azerbaijan presented a model to the Venice Commission, which puts political parties' participation in the elections as a basic principle for their state financing.

Hasanov told media earlier that there are several options of distributing funds among the parties participating in elections. These options will be announced after discussions with the Venice Commission.

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