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'Don't Be Obnoxious,' Azerbaijani President Warns Officials' Children

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev: "Enough is enough" (file photo)
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev: "Enough is enough" (file photo)
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sharply reprimanded government officials and members of their families for what he called their "obnoxious behavior."

While he didn't mention it by name, Aliyev's remarks were taken as his first public reaction to recent protests in the town of Ismayilli, northwest of the capital, Baku.

The January unrest was triggered by a car accident involving the son of a cabinet minister.

Talking to journalists on the sidelines of a conference on regional development, Aliyev warned government officials to behave properly or face serious consequences:

"The children of high officials display obnoxious behavior. They are misbehaving and insulting people. Who gave them the right to do so? If I hear one more time about someone's bad behavior, that person will be arrested and his father will be dismissed."

Ismayilli after the January protests
Ismayilli after the January protests
Aliyev also called on central and local government officials to stop holding ostentatious celebrations and weddings and to live more modestly:

"Some of them look down on people and don't listen to them. They insult people. This all must end.... Some officials organize big parties -- flashy wedding parties and birthday celebrations. Is this acceptable for public officials?"

A huge cake baked for Aliyev's 51st birthday in Sumgayit
A huge cake baked for Aliyev's 51st birthday in Sumgayit
Using himself as an example, Aliyev pointed to his 50th birthday celebrations in December 2011, which he said he spent in the Agcabadi region with internally displaced people from the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh:

"This is my nature and you should follow my example.... Stop with these expensive weddings, birthday parties, and expensive gifts. Enough is enough. Those who do it know who I am talking about. It is about local and central executive officials."

(Of course, Aliyev, failed to mention the huge birthday cakes that have been baked for him on his birthdays.)

Dozens of protesters were arrested after the January 23 protests in Ismayilli when protesters set fire to cars and a hotel owned by the minister's son.

-- Kenan Aliyev of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 12, 2013 19:07
Aaaah,Dear azer bros,sis and lgbts,I cannot stand this obnoxious behaviour no more!!! You may kill the odd sleeping armenian to show the world the true nature of azeri civilization,you may bite off the ear of people you disagree with-thats azeri humanism,you may burn his books not because you are nazis,no,no,no-you`re just azeris,but I will not tolerate obnoxious behaviour no more!!! Look at me -Humble Sultan khan from Ilhamistan-I`ve stolen many millions from my people,plundered the land but do I show off my loot and booty-no,no,no,a 1000 times no!!!Do I brag about my harems,or my exploits in the turkish baths??? Never!!! I`m as modest as the present day Chenghiz khan that I am,so cut the crap and see you at the ear biting contest to show da world the superiour nature of our greater than thou azeri-turkic civilization!!! Ilham akbar!!!
In Response

by: Ben
February 16, 2013 15:47
Camel! There are many enemies of the opressed Kurdes in the different countries,though the Muslim ones.But the race problem bothers you most: Azeries who are Turkes by race,not by their country or religion.Being the Aryan, you have no comments to friendly Aryan Armenians?

by: RD
February 12, 2013 19:09
It is not ok for other people's children to be obnoxious, but his own daughters can do anything they want, plunderring the country's wealth.

by: Tim
February 12, 2013 21:33
Ha! Talk about pot calling kettle black! go to Baku and observe the obnoxious displays of portraits of Aliyevs around every corner as God's gift to humanity, observe the "biggest" this and the "biggest' that. Azerbaijan has even adopted a policy of forced display of larger than life statues of Haydar "pops" Aliyev on foreign capitals as a condition for investments in perspective countries...and now Ilham Aliyev has discovered humility...and preaching it to others. Give me a break! He should rather start preaching his son and daughters.

by: Alex from: LA
February 13, 2013 02:16
Looks like Aliev is scared about people revolting against his Sultanate of Turkic Axeristan... Scare you are, dark time to come,uhum, the sith lord will fall sooner or later, so who are the jedi in Axeristan??? besides Aylisli.

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