Azerbaijani opposition nominates single presidential candidate
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 July 2013|
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July 02, 2013
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
Rustam Ibragimbekov (file photo)
BAKU – Azerbaijan's political opposition groups have united to nominate a single candidate for October's presidential election.
At a session of the National Council of Democratic Forces on July 2, prominent screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov (aka Ibrahimbayov) was chosen to represent the opposition in the presidential race.
The session also produced a memorandum outlining a "transition period."
The document states that, if elected, the opposition's candidate would remain in office for only two years.
During that period, the National Council would establish a "government of national trust" to implement constitutional and electoral reforms. The proposed reforms would decrease the powers of the presidency, widen the parliament's responsibilities, and establish an independent judiciary system.
The ruling New Azerbaijan Party nominated incumbent President Ilham Aliyev as its presidential candidate last month.
Aliyev has held power since 2003, after succeeding his father.