Rafael Allahverdiyev

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Rafael Allahverdiyev
2nd Mayor of Baku
In office
Preceded by Sanan Alizade
Succeeded by Hajibala Abutalybov
Personal details
Born (1945-05-09)9 May 1945
Baku, Azerbaijan
Died 11 January 2009(2009-01-11) (aged 63)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Nationality Azerbaijani
Political party Yeni Azərbaycan Partiyası (YAP)
Alma mater Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
Western University, Baku
Religion Islam

Rafael Allahverdiyev Khanali oglu (Azerbaijani: Rəfael Allahverdiyev Xanəli oğlu) (9 May 1945 – 11 January 2009) was an Azerbaijani politician and the second Mayor of Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

Allahverdiyev was born to a family of an oil worker in Baku. He had graduated from Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in 1974 and from Western University in 1994 with a degree in Management.[1]

In earlier years, he had worked as an operator at the Garadagneft oil refinery. In 1971 through 1983, he held various positions at the Central Committee of Azerbaijan Communist Party. From 1983 until 1988, Allahverdiyev served as the head of executive power of Narimanov district of Baku, and from 1988 to 1993, as the director of operations of International Bank of Azerbaijan.

From 1993 until 2000, Allahverdiyev served as the Mayor of Baku until he was replaced by the incumbent mayor Hajibala Abutalybov. He was considered a close long term ally of former President Heydar Aliyev.[2] During his term, he also co-founded the New Azerbaijan Party, currently the ruling party of Azerbaijani government, and was subsequently elected as the deputy chairman of the party. In 1995, Rafael Allahverdiyev was also elected to the Parliament of Azerbaijan in 1995, serving two consecutive terms, but gave up his parliament membership shortly thereafter, splitting with the incumbent government and moving to Switzerland in 2000.[1][3]

Allahverdiyev suffered from a long illness and died on 11 January 2009 from brain cancer.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Rafael Allahverdiyev" (in Azerbaijani). Adam az. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT NAMES NEW BAKU MAYOR". 5 (22). RFE/RL. 1 February 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Экс-мэр Баку Рафаэль Аллахвердиев отказался от полномочий депутата Азербайджана [Former Mayor Rafael Allakhverdiyev gave up his parliament duties] (in Russian). Day.az. 23 November 2004. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Elnur Mammadli (12 January 2009). "Former Baku Mayor Rafael Allahverdiyev dies". APA. Retrieved 6 April 2010.