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Azerbaijani President Sacks Finance Minister

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (file photo) (CTK) April 18, 2006 -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev today removed Finance Minister Avaz Alakbarov from office.

No immediate reason was given.

News reports say Aliyev also signed a decree appointing the head of Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund, Samir Sarifov, as the new finance minister.

(APA, Turan)

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