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Sacked Azerbaijani Economy Minister Arrested

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)