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Azerbaijan. Baku region. Garadag. Traffic on the road. Huge poster of the current President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev (left)) and his deceased father Heydar Aliyev (right). Ilham Aliyev also functions as the head of the New Azerbaijan Party. The deceased political leader Heydar Aliyev ( May 10, 1923 - December 12, 2003), also spelled as Heidar Aliev, Geidar Aliev, Haydar Aliyev. He was the president of Azerbaijan for the New Azerbaijan Party from June 1993 to October 2003. Flag of Azerbaijan. The 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.  Advertising for State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).  © 2007 Didier Ruef