World News

Azerbaijan's president names his wife first vice president 

Ilham Aliyev named his wife Mehriban to the position created after a constitutional referendum in September.

Published: 21st February 2017 03:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2017 03:58 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

BAKU: Azerbaijan's president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of the ex-Soviet nation.

Ilham Aliyev named his wife Mehriban, 52, to the position created after a constitutional referendum in September. She has served as a lawmaker and headed a charity in the past.

Aliyev's critics saw September's referendum that also extended the presidential term from five to seven years as effectively cementing a dynastic rule. In 2003, Aliyev succeeded his father, who had ruled Azerbaijan first as the Communist Party boss and then as a post-Soviet president for the greater part of three decades.

Aliyev, 55, has firmly allied the energy-rich Shia Muslim nation with the West, helping secure his country's energy and security interests and offset Russia's influence in the strategic Caspian region. At the same time, his government has long faced criticism in the West for alleged human rights abuses and suppression of dissent.

Azerbaijan's leader has cast himself as a guarantor of stability, an image that has a wide appeal in the country where painful memories are still fresh of the turmoil that accompanied the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.

The constitution doesn't describe the first vice president's powers, but it's expected that they will include overseeing the Cabinet.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Latest