Heydar Aliyev
Today marks the 18th death anniversary of Heydar Aliyev

Baku, 12 December 2021 (TDI): Azerbaijan is paying homage to Heydar Aliyev, the Azerbaijani leader, today.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the passing of its great leader. Heydar Aliyev is held in high esteem and is the national leader of the Azerbaijani people.

The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev paid respect to the great leader today, in a state ceremony. The memory of the revered leader is esteemed both in Azerbaijan and abroad because of his valiant efforts for his country and his people. Azerbaijanis visit the Alley of Honor to pay respects to their leader on 12th December.

Azerbaijan President paid respect

Events are organized at the state level as well as at Azerbaijani Embassies around the world including wreath-laying ceremonies, to honor the memory of Hyder Aliyev.


The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Khazar Farhadov laid flowers at the bust of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev on his 18th Death Anniversary at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Pakistan, to pay respect.


Founder of Modern Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev 

The legendary leader, Heydar Aliyev was born on 10 May 1923, in Nakhchivan. He received special higher education in Leningrad. Moreover, in 1957 he graduated from the history faculty of the Azerbaijan State University.

He held the position of Deputy Chairman of the State Security Committee under the Council of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR, since 1964 and Chairman since 1967, because of a background of working in the state structures since 1944. Further, he achieved the rank of Major General.

Following that, at the 1969 plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Azerbaijan SSR, he became the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Azerbaijan SSR.

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Heydar Aliyev, the great leader of Azerbaijan

Later, in December 1982, he was elected as a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet. In addition, Heydar Aliyev was appointed as the first deputy chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers.

However, he resigned in protest against the political line pursued by General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in October 1987.

Heydar Aliyev made a statement in connection with the Black January; the bloody tragedy committed by Soviet troops in Baku on January 20, 1990. The statement was made at the Azerbaijani mission in Moscow and it demanded the punishment of the organizers and perpetrators of the crime against the Azerbaijani people.

Initially, he resided in Baku and then later in Nakhchivan. In 1990 he was elected as the deputy of the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan SSR. In 1991-1993 he was the chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic as well as the deputy chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Eventually, in July 1991 he left the Communist Party of the Soviet Union as a protest against the hypocritical policy of the USSR leadership regarding the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

An official ceremony was held to honor the leader

Heydar Aliyev was elected as the chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party at its founding congress, in 1992, in Nakhchivan. On June 15, 1993, he was elected to be the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan, by the decision of the Milli Majlis (parliament) and on June 24, he began to exercise the powers of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He was elected as the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as a result of a nationwide vote, on October 3, 1993. He stayed as the President until 2003, but stepped down from his post due to health problems, in October of 2003. Heydar Aliyev passed away on December 12, 2003, following a long-lasting treatment in a Cleveland clinic.

He was buried in the Alley of Honor, in Baku. Heydar Aliyev was the architect of modern Azerbaijan. He was not only the leader of the country but also the Father of the Nation.


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