Nine pro-government parties and groups announced on October 10 the formation of the political bloc "Democratic Azerbaijan," built around the ruling Yeni [New] Azerbaijan party. On the same day, the seven-party opposition bloc Democratic Congress — led by the Popular Front and Musavat parties — created a permanent Consultative Majlis. These blocs will compete in upcoming municipal and presidential elections. Popular Front leader and former president Abulfaz Elchibey plans to challenge incumbent Haidar Aliev for the presidency. (Turan, October 10)
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