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Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: İlham Heydər oğlu Əliyev; born 24 December 1961) is the Preses o Azerbaijan, havin been electit in 2003. He an aa functions as the Chairman o the New Azerbaijan Pairty an the heid o the Naitional Olympic Committee. Apart frae his native Azerbaijani, he speaks Inglis an Roushie.[1] Ilham Aliyev is the son o Heydar Aliyev, who wis Azerbaijan's preses frae 1993-2003.

Ilham Aliyev
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Preses o Azerbaijan
Assumed office
31 October 2003
Prime Meenister Artur Rasizade
Precedit bi Heydar Aliyev
Prime Meenister o Azerbaijan
In office
4 August 2003 – 4 November 2003
Preses Heydar Aliyev
Precedit bi Artur Rasizade
Succeedit bi Artur Rasizade
2nt Chariman o the New Azerbaijan Pairty
Assumed office
31 October 2003
Precedit bi Heydar Aliyev
Personal details
Born Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev
(1961-12-24) 24 December 1961 (age 57)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Poleetical pairty New Azerbaijan Pairty
Spoose(s) Mehriban Aliyeva (née Pashayeva) (m. 1983)
Bairns 3
Alma mater Moscow State Institute o Internaitional Relations
Religion Shia Islam

His tenur as preses haes been marred bi widespread cases o poleetical corruption, censorship, an human richts abuses in Azerbaijan an allegations o nepotism an the concentration o the kintra's wealth an resoorces in the haunds o his faimily.

Aliyev haes been criticized for his alleged authoritarian rule[2][3][4] an eften describit as a dictator bi analysts an poleetical commentators.[5][6][7][8]


  1. "President Biography". Government of Azerbaijan. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. "Azerbaijan's president to run for third term". The Times of Israel. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. The 51-year-old Aliyev has been president of the authoritarian, oil-rich Caspian Sea nation since taking over from his ailing father Heydar in October 2003. 
  3. Vincent, Rebecca (19 May 2013). "When the music dies: Azerbaijan one year after Eurovision". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 10 June 2013. Over the past several years, Azerbaijan has become increasingly authoritarian, as the authorities have used tactics such as harassment, intimidation, blackmail, attack and imprisonment to silence the regime's critics, whether journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders, political activists, or ordinary people taking to the streets in protest. 
  4. McGuinness, Damien (28 May 2013). "Cracking down on dissent in Ilham Aliyev's Azerbaijan". BBC News. Retrieved 10 June 2013. But according to human rights groups, the charges are trumped up - an authoritarian government's attempt to stamp out any Arab Spring-style uprising, they say. 
  5. Martin, Daniel (9 March 2011). "Now Prince Andrew comes under fire for links to ruler of second corrupt former Soviet state". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 June 2013. Prince Andrew has developed a 'close friendship' with a billionaire dictator accused of torturing protesters, and lobbied the president of another of the world's 'most corrupt' countries, it has emerged. 
  6. Harris, Mike (7 November 2012). "Why is a crucial conference on internet freedom taking place in a dictatorship?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  7. "Josephine and the dictator". Irish Independent. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  8. Scahill, Jeremy (2011). Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. London: Profile Books. p. 238. ISBN 9781847654786. The board of directors includes senior executives from ExxonMobil, Chevron, Cono- coPhilips, and Coca-Cola, while the trustees include Azerbaijan's dictator, Ilham Aliyev, and top neoconservative Richard Perle. 

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