None of the candidates who intend to participate in the presidential elections in Azerbaijan are serious alternatives to President Ilham Aliyev, the Member of Milli Mejlis (parliament) of Azerbaijan Azay Guliyev told Trend on Monday.
"President Ilham Aliyev has a very strong public support. He is not only the candidate of the New Azerbaijan party, but also the candidate of the whole nation. During Ilham Aliyev's ten-year presidency term, our republic's development went through a period of revival. During this period, our country reached record indicators in all spheres, the appearances of cities, districts and villages completely changed," the MP said.
Guliyev went on to add that, Azerbaijan turned into a space country and became a member of the most influential organization in the world - the UN Security Council.
"Currently, we control 80 percent of the economy of the South Caucasus and 91 percent of region's exchange reserves," Guliyev said.
According to him, this is why today Ilham Aliyev has popular support.
"Just ask yourself, who will be able to become a serious alternative to Ilham Aliyev, who has such a support from the people and the international community? No one! We all understand well that, the remaining candidates are fighting not for presidency, but at the best for the second place," Guliyev underscored.
Guliyev expressed his confidence that the presidential election in Azerbaijan will be held in a democratic environment.
"Currently, the Central Election Commission provides all candidates with full equal rights. Thus, all requirements are being complied with for elections to correspond to the principles of freedom and justice," the MP said.
Guliyev said that, it is expected to increase the number of presidential candidates in the future.
Azerbaijan will hold presidential election on October 9.