Azerbaijan’s Leader Names His Wife As 1st Vice President

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, right, and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva, left, pose for the photographers outside British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's official residence at 10 Downing Street, in central London, following their meeting, Monday July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BAKU, Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan’s president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of the ex-Soviet nation the person next in line in the nation’s power hierarchy.