Ilham Aliyev

President of Azerbaijan
Born Dec 24, 1961

Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev is the President of Azerbaijan, having been elected in 2003. He also functions as the Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party and the head of the National Olympic Committee. Apart from his native Azerbaijani, he speaks English and Russian. Ilham Aliyev is the son of Heydar Aliyev, who was Azerbaijan's president from 1993-2003.… Read More

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1961 Birth Aliyev was born in Baku in 1961.


1977 15 Years Old In 1977, Aliyev entered the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-MSIIR) and in 1982 continued his education as a postgraduate.


1983 21 Years Old Ilham Aliyev married Mehriban Aliyeva in Baku on 22 December 1983. … Read More
1985 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985 he received a PhD degree in history.


1993 31 Years Old …  Ilham Aliyev is the son of Heydar Aliyev, who was President of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 2003.
1994 32 Years Old In May or June 1994, Ilham Aliyev was appointed as vice-president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). … Read More
1995 33 Years Old In 1995, Aliyev was elected to the National Assembly of Azerbaijan; later he became president of the National Olympic Committee (still incumbent) and head of the Azerbaijan delegation to the Council of Europe.


In August 2003, two months prior to the presidential elections, he was appointed as Prime Minister.
2005 43 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 26, 2005, Aliyev was officially elected as the ruling New Azerbaijan Party chairman. … Read More
2006 44 Years Old In April 2006, President Aliyev made a state visit to Washington, D.C. It was a remarkably successful trip, at least in terms of image.
2008 46 Years Old Ilham Aliyev was re-elected in 2008 with 87% of the polls, while opposition parties boycotted the elections. In a constitutional referendum in 2009, term limits for the presidency were abolished and freedom of the press was restricted.
2009 47 Years Old In 2009, following his reelection as president, Aliyev passed a referendum which removed the presidential consecutive term limit, thereby allowing him to run for president as many times as he wishes. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old The 2010 parliamentary elections produced a Parliament completely loyal to Aliyev: for the first time in Azerbaijani history, not a single candidate from the main opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front or Musavat parties was elected. … Read More
2011 49 Years Old Repeated protests were staged against Aliyev's rule in 2011, calling for more democracy and the ouster of the government. Aliyev responded by ordering a security crackdown, using force to crush attempts at revolt in Baku. Officials loyal to the president dismissed protesters' comparison of Azerbaijan to other countries considered to be part of the same revolutionary wave that rocked North Africa and Western Asia beginning in December 2010, and Aliyev rejected the precedent set by leaders in Armenia, Oman, Jordan, and other affected states by refusing to make concessions. … Read More


2012 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Aliyev convinced the government of Hungary to transfer convicted murderer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan to complete the rest of his prison term. … Read More
2013 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2013 presidential elections, held on 9 October, Aliyev won with 85 percent of the vote, thus securing a third five-year term. … Read More
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