Azerbaijan Communist Party (1993)
|Azerbaijan Communist Party
Azərbaycan Kommunist Partiyası
|Continental affiliation||Union of Communist Parties – Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
The Azerbaijan Communist Party (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Kommunist Partiyası) is a communist party in Azerbaijan. AKP was set up in 1993 by Ramiz Ahmadov (March 6, 1939 – September 10, 2007) and registered by the Justice Ministry in 1994.
AKP maintains close contacts with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and wants reunification with Russia while still being patriotic. In one occasion Ahmadov stated: we are Narimanovists, followers of the national, cultural and economic ideas of Nariman Narimanov. Nariman Narimanov was a moderately nationalist and leftist Azeri leader of the 1920s, and is viewed in retrospect as a forerunner of "national communism."
AKP often criticizes United States politics in the region. In 2004 after the US State Department told that US was not planning to impose sanctions on Nagorno Karabakh, Ahmadov said that the Americans underhandedly supported the Armenian interests and that Washington was not interested in the settlement of the conflict. He also added that the great powers are making use of the Karabakh conflict for their own interests.
On September 10, 2007, party chief Ramiz Ahmadov died after a long illness. His body was sent for burial in his native Quba. From 2000 to 2005 Ahmadov had been a member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.
The chairman is now Rauf Gurbanov who obtained the leadership of the party after a long dispute with Rustam Shahsuvarov.
The party claims that it has 60.000 members. The party publishes the newspaper Azərbaycan Həqiqəti.
At the parliamentary election of 5 November 2000 and 7 January 2001, the party won 6.3% of the popular vote and 2 out of 125 seats.
At the parliamentary elections of 6 November 2005 won no seats, but the chairman Ramiz Ahmadov was not running due to health problems.
At the municipal election of 17 December 2004, the party did very well and it elected 128 members to the local municipalities.
At the presidential election that will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October 2008, AKP decided to support the candidate from the Yeni Azerbaijan ruling party, current president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev .
AKP is part of the Union of Communist Parties — Communist Party of the Soviet Union