Tuesday, 21 February 2017, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev appointed his spouse as the First Vice President, that is, the person next in line in the nation’s power hierarchy.
Ilham Aliyev (55) named his wife Mehriban Arif gyzy Aliyeva (52) to the position created after a constitutional referendum in September 2016. Mehriban Aliyeva married her husband when she was 19; she graduated from a medical university. She has served previously as a lawmaker and heads the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.
The vice president takes over the country’s presidency if the president is unable to perform their duties, according to the constitution. The latter does not describe the first vice president’s duties, but it’s expected that they will include overseeing the cabinet.
For further information:
President of Azerbaijan: http://en.
Heydar Aliyev Foundation: http://heydar-
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