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Azerbaijani opposition camp to face confrontation

Politics Materials 29 August 2012 18:46
The Azerbaijani opposition Popular Front Party has condemned "Musavat" party head Isa Gambar’s statement. Isa Gambar intends to nominate for the presidential elections without the consent of the so-called opposition "Public Chamber” in 2013.
Azerbaijani opposition camp to face confrontation

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 29 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /

The Azerbaijani opposition Popular Front Party has condemned "Musavat" party head Isa Gambar's statement. Isa Gambar intends to nominate for the presidential elections without the consent of the so-called opposition "Public Chamber" in 2013.

Up to now, chairman of Popular Front Party Ali Kerimli has repeatedly said that the main aim is to achieve a unity of the democratic opposition forces, deputy chairman of the party, member of the Public Chamber Fuad Gahramanli told Trend today.

"But the early discussion of the presidential candidate from the opposition may damage our common plans," he said. "Therefore, we stood for the issue of a presidential candidate not to be discussed not to detract from our main goal. The decision was taken by the Public Chamber."

Gahramanli said that the decision was made with the participation of the Coordination Council of the Public Chamber. Everyone voted for this decision.

"Therefore, Gambar's statement on his nomination creates a tension and raises questions in society, including the media," Gahramanli said.

He added that "Musavat" leader must clarify a problem.

Musavat Deputy Chairman Tofiq Yagublu told Trend that he does not see anything strange in Gambar's statement.

"There is nothing strange," he said. "Everybody knows Gambar's wish. He is a Musavat party candidate. He did not say that he will be a single candidate from the opposition in the presidential elections. The issue of a single candidate occurred because there are two real opposition candidates - Isa Gambar and Ali Kerimli."

He said that it is clear that Ali Kerimli will be a candidate from the Popular Front Party.

"The agreement was reached in the Public Chamber," Yagublu said. "It was agreed not to discuss the issue of a single candidate. These discussions are not advisable now."

He said that Gambar's statement on his participation in elections is not contrary to this decision.

The next presidential elections must be held in Azerbaijan in late 2013.

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