Traditional opposition political forces in Azerbaijan are at risk of being eclipsed by Islamists who are willing to push back when the government resorts to repressive measures, Baku political observers say.
Mainstream, secular opposition parties, including the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFP) and the Musavat Party, are fragmented and have struggled
in recent years to find a way to influence political, social and economic developments in Azerbaijan. Party leaders cite government repression as the main reason for opposition ineffectiveness.
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Shahla Sultanova is a freelance journalist focusing on Azerbaijan.