Elchin Afandiyev

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Elchin Afandiyev
Elçin Əfəndiyev
Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan
Assumed office
President Heydar Aliyev, Ilham Aliyev
Personal details
Born (1943-05-13) May 13, 1943 (age 71)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Religion Islam

Elchin Ilyas oglu Afandiyev (Azerbaijani: Elçin İlyas oğlu Əfəndiyev) is an Azerbaijani writer, professor and politician who serves as the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.[1]

Early years[edit]

Afandiyev was born to the family of famous Azerbaijani writer Ilyas Afandiyev on May 13, 1943 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Since the early childhood, Elchin Afandiyev was surrounded by literature and academic environment. The Azerbaijani folklore and world literature played a significant role in Afandiyev's future career. He wrote his first novel when he was 16 years old which was published in Azərbaycan gəncləri (Azerbaijani Youth) magazine in 1959. He completed his secondary education in 1960 and studied at Baku State University graduating in 1965 with a degree in philology in 1965. In 1968, he completed his post-graduate studies at the Nizami Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences writing a 500-page dissertation.[2] In 1965, he published a collection of novels called Min gecədən biri (One of thousand nights). In the following years, nearly 100 books of Afandiyev were translated and published in English, French, German, Spanish, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Arabic, Persian, Mandarin, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Croatian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, Tajik, Serbian and other languages. There have been about 5 million copies sold worldwide.

Political career[edit]

During the Soviet rule, Afandiyev was a deputy at Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan SSR. Since 1993, he has worked as the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.[3] As a Deputy Prime Minister he supervises various sectors of government activity such as sports and cultural relations.[4][5] He has also chaired Vətən cultural organization which focuses on cultural ties with other countries. He's also a member of several governmental committees and is a member of Education Committee under the President of Azerbaijan.


Rasizade was awarded with Istiglal Order for his contributions to development of Azerbaijani literature by President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev on May 29, 2003.[6]

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