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Azerbaijan: President Aliyev names his wife as first vice president01:15

Azerbaijan: President Aliyev names his wife as first vice president

Azerbaijan, Baku
February 21, 2017 at 21:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev confirmed the appointment of his wife Mekhriban Aliyeva as the country’s first vice president in Baku, Tuesday.

Aliyev noted that that for more than a decade Mekhriban Aliyeva has been in charge of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and that under her leadership “it has evolved into the largest and most reputable public organization not only in Azerbaijan but, as I believe, in the region as well.”

Mekhriban Aliyeva had been a deputy of Milli Majlis, Azerbaijan’s National Assembly since 2005. She is also a UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, established by the current president’s late father, has projects in education, health, culture, sports, science and in other spheres, contributing to the development of the country in general and the establishment of international contacts.

The post of first vice president was introduced in September 2016 after a referendum on amending the Constitution of Azerbaijan. Constitutionally the first vice president’s office is the country’s second highest position and is appointed exclusively by the president, without having to be confirmed by the parliament.

Azerbaijan: President Aliyev names his wife as first vice president01:15
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev confirmed the appointment of his wife Mekhriban Aliyeva as the country’s first vice president in Baku, Tuesday.

Aliyev noted that that for more than a decade Mekhriban Aliyeva has been in charge of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and that under her leadership “it has evolved into the largest and most reputable public organization not only in Azerbaijan but, as I believe, in the region as well.”

Mekhriban Aliyeva had been a deputy of Milli Majlis, Azerbaijan’s National Assembly since 2005. She is also a UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, established by the current president’s late father, has projects in education, health, culture, sports, science and in other spheres, contributing to the development of the country in general and the establishment of international contacts.

The post of first vice president was introduced in September 2016 after a referendum on amending the Constitution of Azerbaijan. Constitutionally the first vice president’s office is the country’s second highest position and is appointed exclusively by the president, without having to be confirmed by the parliament.

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