DW: Azerbaijan President appoints wife as First Vice President
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his socialite wife Mehriban as the country's 'First Vice President.' The opposition denounced the move as a 'first step to the establishment of an absolute monarchy.'
Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, on Tuesday appointed his wife Mehriban, a prominent socialite, to the second highest position in the oil-rich Caspian nation. The appointment places her next in line to the president in the country's hierarchy and has sparked condemnation from the opposition.
"Mehriban Aliyeva is a very professional, clever, experienced, principled and benevolent person," Aliyev told Azerbaijan's Security Council. "It is not mere chance that the Azeri people love her very much."
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