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Aliyev Appoints New Azerbaijani Cabinet

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 22 October 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Aliyev Appoints New Azerbaijani Cabinet, 22 October 2013, available at: [accessed 21 November 2017]
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BAKU -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his new cabinet three days after his swearing-in for a third term in office.

Aliyev signed a decree on the appointments on October 22.

The new cabinet will be led by veteran Prime Minister Arthur Rasizade.

The most notable change is the replacement of the long-serving defense minister, Safar Abiyev, with Zakir Hasanov, who has commanded Interior Ministry forces.

Abiyev has often been criticized by independent and opposition media for widespread corruption and a growing number of deaths among conscripts in the army.

Hasanov was in charge of riot police forces, who have been involved in putting down opposition protests, and also in the official response to riots in the town of Quba, near Baku, and the central town of Ismayilli earlier this year.

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