Armenian International Magazine (AIM) Vol. 11, No. 10, October 2000, pp. 58-61.
Much at stake for President and Son in upcoming elections in Azerbaijan
By HRATCH TCHILINGIRIAN
Azerbaijanis will go to the polls on November 5 to cast their votes for a new Parliament. However, indirectly, it seems they will be voting for a new president. An ailing President Haidar Aliyev, hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where he had heart surgery just a few years ago, must hang on until the elections, until his son Ilham Aliyev is elected to Parliament. This would make the younger Aliyev eligible for the position of that body’s Speaker, and thus able to assume the duties of the president in the event the head of state is incapacitated or dies.