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Baku, 19 October 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijani authorities have arrested former Economy Minister Farhad Aliyev, who was sacked yesterday.


Azerbaijani authorities say Aliyev is suspected of conspiring with exiled opposition leader Rasul Quliyev to conduct a coup in Azerbaijan.


Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev gave no reason yesterday for sacking Farhad Aliyev.


Farhad Aliyev, who is not related to Azerbaijani president, was considered a key member of the government's reformist wing.


(RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service/AP)

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