Ilham Aliyev, 55, named his spouse Mehriban to the place created after a constitutional referendum in September. Mehriban graduated from a medical college and married her husband when she was 19.
She has served beforehand as a lawmaker and headed a charity.
The constitutional amendments accredited on the referendum launched the positions of two vice presidents, one in all them the primary vice chairman.
The primary vice chairman takes over the presidency if the president is unable to carry out his or her duties. It doesn t describe the primary vice chairman s duties, nevertheless it s anticipated that they are going to embody overseeing the Cupboard.
Aliyev s critics say the September referendum that additionally prolonged the presidential time period from 5 to seven years successfully cemented a dynastic rule.
In 2003, Aliyev succeeded his father, who had dominated Azerbaijan first because the Communist Celebration boss after which as a post-Soviet president for the larger a part of three many years.
Aliyev and his spouse have two daughters and a son.
Aliyev has firmly allied the energy-rich Shiite Muslim nation with the West, serving to safe his nation s power and safety pursuits and offset Russia s affect within the strategic Caspian Sea area.
On the similar time, his authorities has lengthy confronted criticism within the West for alleged human rights abuses and suppression of dissent.
Azerbaijan s chief has forged himself as a guarantor of stability, a picture that has a large attraction within the nation the place painful reminiscences are nonetheless recent of the turmoil that accompanied the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.