Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as first vice president of Azerbaijan.
Aliyev’s order on the appointment was posted on the presidential website on February 21, RFE/RL reports.
Aliyev has been president of the oil-producing former Soviet republic since October 2003.
He has been accused by right groups and Western governments of persecuting opposition politicians, human rights defenders, and journalists.
RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova spent 17 months in prison in 2015-16 over financial-crimes charges that she and supporters say were government revenge for her reporting on alleged corruption involving Aliyev and his relatives.