A process of changes of personnel in the higher and middle echelons of the Azerbaijan's government continues.
On Friday, 1 November, President Ilham Aliyev appointed Samir Nuriyev to be Head of the Presidential Administration. Considered one of the most senior positions in the country the post had been occupied for more than two decades by Ramiz Mehtiyev, who resigned a few days ago. Samir Nuriyev is a relatively unknown person and was until today the Head of the State Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning.
President Aliyev also continues with changes in middle ranking positions of government, appointing new heads of district administrations. Speaking to Anar Tagiyev in connection with the appointment Head of Yevlakh District, and to and Elnur Rzayev as the head Khachmaz regionAliyev said that Azerbaijan is pursuing a policy of rejuvenation. This is natural, generations are changing, people are being put forward with new thinking. This is a natural process and we cannot stay away from it.
Aliyev however also warned against a witch hunt against the older generation and said he would not allow it.
"Azerbaijan needs to create unity between the experience and dynamism of youth. Through this synthesis, we can achieve great results. In addition, the older generation should share their experience"Aliyev told the newly appointed officials.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
The events of 20 January marked the final break of Soviet power with the people of Azerbaijan. After 20 January the Communist Party was completely discredited. Azerbaijani statehood was restored by a decision of the Azerbaijani parliament on 18 October 1991 - although independence only followed the collapse of the USSR at the end of that year.
Campaigning has started in earnest and there are plenty of candidates to choose from. "However it is still too early to speak about election excitement. There is still a lack of spontaneity in the whole affair. It appears to be a new situation, and eveyone is threading carefully, But aleady enough has changed to make this election worth following".