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Azerbaijani Ex-President Returns From Exile

Azerbaijan's first post-Soviet president Ayaz Mutalibov (file photo)Azerbaijan's first post-Soviet president Ayaz Mutalibov (file photo)
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Azerbaijan's first post-Soviet president Ayaz Mutalibov (file photo)
Azerbaijan's first post-Soviet president Ayaz Mutalibov (file photo)
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By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- Azerbaijan's first head of state, Ayaz Mutalibov, has returned to Baku after two decades of exile in Russia.

Mutalibov, 74, had been accused of involvement in a crackdown on pro-independence protests in January 1990 – dubbed Black January – which killed dozens of people.

At that time, Mutalibov was the Soviet Azerbaijan republic's Communist Party head.

He later took over as independent Azerbaijan's first president. He was forced out of the presidency in 1992 and departed for Moscow.

Recently approved legislation in Azerbaijan regarding former heads of state has paved the way for the return of Mutalibov, who earlier this year announced he would abstain from politics.

The law approved in June grants heads of state immunity for acts committed while in office.

With reporting by AP
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 09, 2012 13:06
While Mutalibov is returning from exile, King Jing II is launching and testing :)))

by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
July 10, 2012 20:08
Good old Ayaz-the azeri gorbachov back home after azeri perestroika fails dismally...sorry to say the present president wont return when ousted from power with a one-way ticket to the place that never freezes and no infidel virgins dancing and singing and granting his every wish,akbar that he is now.So,lets pray for his soul,knowing very well he hasnt got one!!!

by: Eman from: Noitacol
July 11, 2012 05:47
He looks like Sarkisian :) Azerbaijanians and Armenians, "two states, but one nation". One day, they will build holy Turan = Turko-Armanian Kingdom.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: kurdistan
July 11, 2012 20:55
Well well well.what is it.Eman???Is it the summer heat,or you forgot to take your pills,or the pot was bad???One day on the 12th of never,or forever and a day,yeah yeah yeah...

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