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YAP, YeS, PFPA. Swimming in an alphabet soup of political party names? Use this guide to get the basics about election blocs and political parties, big and small.


Adalat Party :
The Adalat (Justice) Party was established the day after the 2000 parliamentary elections by Ilyas Ismayilov, then chairman of the Democratic Party. Along with Democratic Party activists, Ismayilov, general prosecutor during the late Soviet period and minister of justice in the early 1990s, brought to the party mostly former employees of law enforcement agencies and judges. Sixteen party members are running for parliament. The party is a member of the Democratic Azerbaijan (DA) alliance, and 14 Adalat members are sponsored by this alliance. Ilyas Ismayilov who handles the partyıs day-to-day management, is running independently however.

Address: 2 J.Hajibeyli Street, Baku
Tel/Fax: 994 12 440-51-57
Email: adalat@azinternet.com

Ana Vatan Party (AVP) :
The Motherland Party was established in 1992 by a group primarily made up of natives of Armeniaıs Azerbaijani-populated regions. The party has two representatives in parliament, both from single mandate constituencies. The party, run by Fazail Agamali, is strictly pro-government. AVP has 11 members running for parliament and is providing official backing for six of them.

Address: 3, Aziz Aliyev Street, Baku
Tel/Fax: 994 12 414-01-27

Alliance for Azerbaijan Party (ANAP) :
The party was established in 1995 by Abutalib Samedov, then deputy chairman of the State Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Affairs Committee. After a corruption scandal involving allegations that he had misappropriated refugee funds, Samedov was fired from this position. He is the partyıs only MP. ANAP is extremely pro-government and is supporting 49 candidates, including 44 party members, in the 2005 elections.

Address: 69a Tbilisi Avenue, Baku

Birlik Bloc :
The Birlik (Unity) election alliance is backing nine candidates for parliament, including six non- partisans, one YAP member and two Azerbaijan Fightersı Party members. None of the candidates are popular politicians, although the allianceıs candidate list includes one well-known academic, Mammad Emin Shahtaxtinskiy.

Civil Solidarity Party :
The party was established in 1992 by Sabir Rustamkhanly, a famous poet and member of the national liberation movement. The party won three seats in the 2000 parliamentary elections. The party has 18 members running for parliament; 14 of them, including Sabir Rustamkhanli and his brother Alevsat Aliyev, are nominated by the Democratic Alliance, of which Civil Solidarity is a member. Rustamkhanliıs wife, Tanzila Rustamkhanli, is running as an independent candidate without official party support.

Address: 9 Abdulkarim Alizade Street, Baku
Tel: 994-12-493-71-45
Fax: 994-12-493-66-22

Civil Unity Party (CUP):
CUP was established in 2000 and in 2001 named former President Ayaz Mutallibov, now in exile in Moscow, as its leader. Sabir Hajiyev, at the time secretary general of the party, became chairman when Mutallibov left the party and joined the Social Democrats in 2003. During the 2003 presidential election campaign, Hajiyev supported Ilham Aliyevıs candidacy. Three party members are running for parliament as independent candidates.

Address: 30 M. Sanani Str., Baku
Tel/Fax: 994-12-495-39-47

Communist Party:
The party claims that it has 60,000 members (all members of the old Communist Party of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.) Ramiz Ahmadov is the chairman of the party and one of two incumbent MPs. The Communists won two seats in 2000 by party lists, on a proportional vote. The party has nominated 13 of the 14 Communist Party members running for parliament. Ahmadov himself is not running due to health problems.

Address: 1 A. Agayev Str. Baku
Tel/Fax: 994-12-510-35-33

Democratic Azerbaijan Bloc:
The bloc, established on the eve of the 2005 parliamentary elections, includes four parties: Adalat, Civil Solidarity, United Azerbaijan National Unity Party and the Azadlig Party. Adalat and Civil Solidarity are the blocıs main players. Democratic Azerbaijan has nominated as candidates 14 members of Adalat, 14 members of CSP, two members of UANUP, one member of the Azadlig Party and three non-partisan candidates.

Address: 9 Abdulkarim Alizade Street, Baku
Tel: 994-12-493-71-45
Fax: 994-12-493-66-22

Democratic Entrepreneurs Party :
The Democratic Entrepreneurs Party was founded in April 1994 by businessman Mahmud Mamedov. The party is believed to be pro-government. Only one out of the three candidates promoted by the party in the November 2005 elections is a member of Democratic Entrepreneurs, however.

Address: 1/a Mehdi Huseyn Str., Baku
Tel: 994-12-447-42-64

Democratic Reformist Party :
The party was established in the summer of 2005 under the leadership of Asim Mollazade, an incumbent MP and former deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party. The partyıs leadership includes two newspaper editors and the director of the Trend news agency, along with NGO leaders and businesspeople. The party is running 14 official candidates for parliament and supports two non-partisans.

Address: 65/5 Neftchilar Avenue, AZ1010 Baku
Tel: 994-12-437-15-76, 994-12-437-15-77
Fax: 994-12-492-61-10
Email: demreforms@party.az
Website: http://www.demreforms.org

Democratic Reformist Party :
The party was established in the summer of 2005 under the leadership of Asim Mollazade, an incumbent MP and former deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party. The partyıs leadership includes two newspaper editors and the director of the Trend news agency, along with NGO leaders and businesspeople. The party is running 14 official candidates for parliament and supports two non-partisans.

Address: 65/5 Neftchilar Avenue, AZ1010 Baku
Tel: 994-12-437-15-76, 994-12-437-15-77
Fax: 994-12-492-61-10
Email: demreforms@party.az
Website: http://www.demreforms.org

Islahat Bloc:
The Islahat (Reforms) alliance of pro-government parties includes the Democratic Azerbaijan World Party (DAW), Free Republicans Party (FRP) and Democratic Enlightenment Party (DEP). For the 2005 elections, the alliance backed 10 non-partisans, nine DAW members, five FRP members two DEP members and two YAP members.

Address: FRP ­ 62 Metbuat Avenue, Baku; DAWP ­ 92 Tabriz, Baku
Tel: 994-12 439-53-06 (FRP);994-12-414-00-67 (DAWP)

Muasir Musavat Party:
The party was established in 2002 with the aim of misguiding opposition Musavat Party members and readers of the opposition Yeni Musavat newspaper by duplicating the opposition partyıs name. (³Muasir² means ³modern² or ³contemporary.²) The chairman of the party, Hafiz Hajiyev, an anti-opposition activist, was head of the state fisheries committee under President Abulfaz Elchibey (1992-1993) and was once arrested on charges of corruption. MMP has 16 candidates running for parliament, six of which are party members running independently.

Address: 8th Micro-district, 2 Darnagul Highway, Baku
Tel/Fax: 994-12-447-46-56

New Parliament-New Names Bloc:
This election alliance was designed to provide coordinated support for seven young candidates. Its leader is Elshad Iskenderov, a diplomat, who used to work in the Azerbaijani mission to the United Nations in New York City. In addition to its seven candidates, the alliance also supports two independent candidates. The campaign manager is Farhad Mammadov. The alliance advocates having more open-minded, liberal individuals replace more conservative political figures who have been members of parliament or the government for prolonged periods.

Address: 3/5 Nigar Rafibeyli Street, Baku
Tel/Fax: +994 12 497-16-60
Email: genc_azerbaigan@yahoo.com

Pro-Azerbaijani Forces Bloc:
The alliance was originally established in 2001 by the Social Democrat Party, Vahdat (Unity) Party and Islamic Party. After the Social Democrats decided to join the YeS bloc in 2005, Vahdat and the Islamic Party, along with several public organizations, Birlik (Unity) Party and Milli Vahdat (National Unity) Party reformed the election alliance. All three parties are small political groups whose activities are mostly based in Baku, the Absheron Peninsula and Shirvan region. The alliance is backing 31 candidates for parliament, including 12 Vahdat members, one Birlik member and one Milli Vahdat member. Seventeen of the allianceıs members have registered themselves as independents in the election race. Most of these individual, however, are members of the Islamic Party, which is banned from contending in the 2005 elections. The Islamic Partyıs leader, Hajiaga Nuriyev, does not support the principle of the separation of religion and state.

Address: 27 Mirza Ibrahimov Str., Baku
Tel: 994-12-494-04-74

Umid Party:
The Umid (Hope) Party was established in 2001 by a group of former Civil Unity Party members in protest at the nomination of former President Ayaz Mutallibov as CUP president. In 2000 Igbal Agazade was elected to parliament in a single mandate constituency. After the 2003 presidential election, Agazade was deprived of his immunity as a member of parliament and arrested for allegedly organizing opposition riots. Pardoned in 2005, he is running for parliament in the November elections. Financial support for the party, known as an outspoken critic of the government, has been the subject of some speculation, The party nominated 31 candidates for parliament, including 27 party members.

Address: 19/29 Canub Street, Baku
Tel/Fax: 994-12-496-66-85

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