The authorities in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan said Thursday they would clamp down on political parties, vowing to increase control ahead of parliamentary elections and to crackdown on financing from abroad.
The authorities will "strengthen control over the activities of political parties ahead of parliamentary elections," the head of the justice ministry's department for registering parties, Fazil Mamedov, said in televised remarks.
Foreign finance of political parties "will be prevented," he added.
Mamedov said violators would have their registrations revoked, while those responsible for offences within political parties would be punished.
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