Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev named his wife as the Vice President of the country. Mehriban Aliyeva (image) is the nation’s first VP as the role was created just last year when some changes were made to Azerbaijan’s constitution. Aliev became the country’s president in 2003, and his father was the president before him.
Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union until 1991. Baku is the country’s capital and Azerbaijani is the official language. The famous world chess champion Garry Kasparov (image) was born in Baku. About half of the world’s mud volcanoes are in Azerbaijan. A mud volcano pushes out mud and gases through cracks in the ground.
Here is a video about this news story and another about mud volcanos.
Did you know?
The Soviet Union broke up into fifteen separate countries: Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia.
Image Credits: Vugaramrullayev for the photo of Aliyeva, S.M.S.I., Inc. – Owen Williams and the Kasparov Agency for Kasparov’s image
Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com, http://www.azerbaijan.az, CIA World Factbook, http://www.kasparov.com, http://www.slate.com