Azerbaijan, Baku, May 10 / Trend / On May 10, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev paid a tribute at the memorial of great Azerbaijani leader Heydar Aliyev at the Cemetery of Honors.
May 10 sees the 86th birthday of Heydar Aliyev. The national leader's anniversary is being marked on the state level.
In May-June 1993, when, as the result of extreme tension of the governmental crisis, the country was at the verge of civil war and loss of independence, the people of Azerbaijan demanded to return Heydar Aliyev to power. The then leaders of Azerbaijan were obliged to officially invite Heydar Aliyev to Baku. On June 15, 1993, Heydar Aliyev was elected Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan and he assumed powers of the President of Azerbaijan Republic on resolution of the Milli Mejlis (parliament) on July 24.
On October 3, 1993, as the result of nationwide voting, Heydar Aliyev was elected President of Azerbaijan Republic. On October 11, 1998, having garnered at the elections which saw high voters turnout 76.1 percent of the votes, he was re-elected President of Azerbaijan Republic. Heydar Aliyev, giving his consent to be nominated as a candidate at the October 15, 2003 presidential elections, relinquished to run at the elections in connection with health problems.
Heydar Aliyev was conferred a number of international awards, the title of honorary doctor of numerous countries and other high honors. He was conferred for four times with the Lenin Order, the Order of Krasnaya Zvezda and many medals and twice Hero of Socialist Labor. He was also awarded by Orders and medals of many foreign states.
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