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Saturday, August 06, 2005


Party leader denounces Basirli's arrest

From Radio Free Europe:

The leader of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (AXCP) today described the arrest of youth leader Ruslan Basirli as part of a government plan to intimidate the opposition, but vowed to continue campaigning for free and fair parliamentary elections in November, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reported.

Addressing reporters in Baku, Ali Kerimli said Basirli's arrest was a provocation organized by the government of President Ilham Aliyev.

"These provocations, these attacks, these psychological campaigns and blackmail attempts will not succeed in distracting us from our struggle for free and fair elections," Kerimli said. "Their goal is to occupy the agenda, to artificially raise new issues and to distract us from our struggle for free and fair elections."

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