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Azerbaijan. Oguz region. 20 km from Oguzi. An empty concrete road and a huge poster of the current President of Azerbaijan, Ilham  Aliyev (born December 24, 1961), who is the son of of the deceased political leader Heydar Aliyev. Ilham  Aliyev also functions as the head of the New Azerbaijan Party. The azeri flag is a national symbol and consists of three equal horizontal bands, blue, red, and green; a white crescent and an eight-pointed star (Rub El Hizb) are centered in the red band. The eight points of the star stand for the eight branches of the Turkic people. The blue band is the color of the Turks, the green is for Islam and red is for progress. © 2007 Didier Ruef