On June 1, President Ilham Aliyev ordered a restructuring of his staff that amounted to the ouster of its deputy chief for military and security affairs Vahid Aliyev and head of its military department Meherram Aliyev. One other advisor and several aides were also sacked or reassigned. The move comes amid an unprecedented investigation aiming to uncover “Armenian spies” inside Azerbaijan’s armed forces.
The presidential administration – led by the country’s “grey cardinal,” 79-year-old Ramiz Mehdiyev, and run out of the former building of the Central Committee of the Communist Party – is where most of the country's day-to-day affairs are run. As such, changes within this administration often bear greater political significance than cabinet or parliament reshuffles.
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