Head of Musavat Party Central Executive Board Arif Hajili told APA that the elections were rigged in Armenia.
“Congratulation by Turkish President Abdullah Gul before the official announcement of the results is a wrong step. This is the continuation of Turkey’s zero problem policy with the neighboring states. But actually this policy failed. After this policy Turkey’s relations with most of the states of the region became tense. Moreover, Turkish President’s congratulation of Sargsyan contradicts the interests of Azerbaijan. At the time when the international community expresses views that illegitimate government exists in Armenia, the Turkish government sealed the legitimacy of the Armenian leadership, this is wrong and causes regret,” he said.
Deputy executive secretary of New Azerbaijan Party Mubariz Gurbanli called the elections in Armenia anti-democratic and said there were a lot of materials showing irregularities in the elections. He said some international organizations ignored the irregularities, tried not to exaggerate them.
“The fact is that Serzh Sargsyan has been re-elected through rigged elections. Hastily sending congratulation at the time when there is confrontation in the elections, clashes among the candidates actually means moral, political and ideological support to Sargsyan,” he said.
Chairman of United Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Gudrat Hasanguliyev has regretted the Turkish president’s act: “If someone thinks that Armenia and Armenians will give up the so-called genocide and territorial claims thanks to these steps, they are mistaken.”
Hasanguliyev noted that phone calls, congratulations and other steps will not achieve results just like the failed “football diplomacy”, Zurich protocols and work and residence permit for illegal Armenian migrants in Turkey: “Especially on the eve of the 21st anniversary of Khojaly genocide, to congratulate Serzh Sargsyan, one of the ideologists of this genocide, can not be understood in Azerbaijan.”
APFP deputy chairman Razi Nurullayev said that Abdullah Gul’s congratulatory letter can not be accepted positively in Azerbaijan: “While Turkey demonstrates goodwill, Armenia is moving forward even more. The hasty congratulation of Sargsyan by Turkey raises questions, because the democracy of Armenian elections is doubtful.”