Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr E. Huseynli / The Deputy Chairman of the governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), its Executive Secretary, Ali Ahmadov, reported on 18 May that the left-wingers of Azerbaijani could not draw the people to their demonstrations due to loss of prestige. According to Ahmadov, the worst mistake of the Azerbaijani opposition is its intentions to define the country's future in the streets.
"Demonstration is not the only form of political combat. In democratic societies a street is not the scene for political processes. It is politics that has to impact the people's thinking," Ahmadov said.
He noted that the parties that had chosen the lie, calumny, and moral terror, could not be supported by the people.
"Formerly they produced other proofs. They used to say that for the most part the opposition's supporters resided in the suburbs and did not have money for traffic and participation in the demonstrations held in the centre of the city. Now the demonstrations are allowed to be held in the suburbs. But where they are? Maybe the opposition's electorate resides in the outer space? Actually the opposition does not have any supporters at all," the MP stressed.
The NAP was founded in 1992 by the ex-president Heydar Aliyev, who was then the Chairman of the Superior Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan. The Acting Chairman of the ruling party is the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev.