Why the President of Azerbaijan appointed the wife of the Vice-President

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on 21 February appointed the first Vice-President of the country his wife Mehriban Aliyeva. Introducing the first lady in a new capacity at a meeting of the security Council of the country, the President said that Aliyev “for many years plays an important role in the socio-political and cultural life of the country”, since 2005 has done a great job on the post of Deputy, successfully led the organizing Committee of the first European games held in Baku in 2015, was engaged in charity. “This multi-faceted and successful activities have played a major role in making me the solution,” the President said (quoted by TASS).

In his new post, Aliyev promised to be guided by the principles of humanity, charity, and above all to put the interests of Azerbaijan.

The post of first Vice-President was established in Azerbaijan recently, after the Constitution in a referendum in September last year, changes were made. Institute Vice-presidency is the strengthening of the “Executive will” state, explained the need for the introduction of a new post of Deputy Chairman of the Committee on legal policy of the Parliament Rovshan Rzayev. In accordance with the Constitution, the first Vice-President assumes the powers of President if he is not able to perform their duties. The new Constitution provides for a simple post of Vice-President. However, on appointment to the post has not yet been reported.

The Chairman of the opposition party “Musavat” Arif has Hajili said that the appointment of the spouse of the President confirms “a long established fact” creation of “family government.” This decision of the President of “stalling Azerbaijan in the middle ages, to feudalism, might lead the ruling bodies and society in General to strained relations,” says in a conversation with the former presidential candidate of the party “Musavat” ISA Gambar (in 1992, the politician was briefly acting President).

There was not a single decision of the head of state that the opposition will not be criticized, indicates the Azerbaijani political scientist Tofig Abbasov. Key role in the selection of the first Vice-President has played a successful job Aliyeva on the post of Deputy activity in the social unit, a high rating among voters, he said. Abbasov noted that Mehriban Aliyeva is a creative person, and the work of the government, the President had a claim. Aliyev will be able to intensify the search for new development models and programmes for the country, the expert believes.

The Aliyev Dynasty

Ilham Aliyev headed Azerbaijan since 2003. For ten years (until his death) at the head of the country stood by his father — Heydar Aliyev. In 2009, a referendum abolished the limit on the number of terms of stay on a post of the President of one and the same person. Due to changes in the Constitution approved last fall, the presidential term was increased from five to seven years. Was also abolished the age limit for the candidate. Only son Ilham and Mehriban Aliyev — Heydar was born in 1997. To the election of 2025 it will reach 28 years to reflect changes in the rules for nominating will be able to apply for the post of President, pointed out associate Professor of Russian state humanitarian University Sergey Markedonov.

In the Azerbaijani establishment has long been talk that the authorities need to keep in the family and necessary if not the heir, then an additional figure in support of the President, therefore, the appointment of the wife to the post of Vice President is normal and expected, says the expert of the Center Carnegie Alexey Malashenko. The main thing in this decision is the fact that power remains in the same family, one dynasty, I’m sure Malashenko.

Mehriban Aliyeva was extremely high status in the hierarchy of power, the appointment of his only formalized. In case of force majeure or aggravation of the political situation better, the power remained with who trust the elite, says senior researcher of the Center for Caucasus and regional security MGIMO-University Nikolai Silayev.

Way To Mehriban Aliyeva

Mehriban Aliyeva was born on 26 August 1964 in Baku.

In 1988 he graduated from the 1st Moscow state medical Institute. I. M. Sechenov. In 2005 defended thesis on “Euthanasia and the problem of humanity in medicine.”

Since 1983, married to Ilham Aliyev. They have three children: two daughters, Leyla and Arzu, a son, Heydar.

In 2004 he became President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, established in honor of the deceased in 2003 of the President.

Mehriban Aliyeva is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Aliyev is the Deputy of her husband, to the presidency of the ruling party “New Azerbaijan”.

Since 2005 — member of the Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan.

In 2011 was awarded the French Legion of honour in 2015 — the order of Heydar Aliyev.