MP Ahmadov rules out state financing of political parties in 2006
The implementation of state financing of political parties in Azerbaijan is impossible in 2006, Ali Ahmadov, the Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), told Trend.
According to Ahmadov, the first reason for non-implementation of the issue in 2006 was absence of such funds in the 2006 public budget. The issue has been put for discussion among the political parties. Along with positive aspects the state financing of political parties is a difficult process. Prior to approval of funds it is necessary to discuss widely the criteria and mechanisms to be used for financing. If the idea finds support in public and all interested sides, the discussions can be held in higher level. I hope the Azerbaijani government will shortly adopt the necessity of public financing of political parties and take relevant steps in this respect, he underscored.
He also noted that attempts of giving different color to public financing of political parties demonstrates their illogic conduct. The NAP functionary explained the concerns by the opposition with their accountability to the government for the use of public funds. The opposition parties create speculation around this idea to avoid accounting to the government and conceal the directions of use of these funds.